Zapotec definition

zäpə-tĕk, säpō-
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Any of a group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken in southern Mexico by the Zapotec.
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A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people centered at Monte Albán in southern Mexico, whose civilization reached its height around ad 300–900.
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A modern-day descendant of this people.
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A member of a North American Indian people of S Mexico.
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The language or group of dialects spoken by this people.
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Of the Zapotecs or their language or culture.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
zapotec
Plural:
zapotecs

Origin of zapotec

  • Spanish Zapoteco from Nahuatl tzapotēcah pl. of tzapotēcatl person from Tzapotlan from Tzapotlān place name tzapotl sapodilla tlān place

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition