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Quechua

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noun Que·chua \ˈke-chə-wə, ˈkech-wə\

Definition of Quechua

plural

Quechua

or

Quechuas

  1. 1 :  a family of languages spoken by Indian peoples of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Argentina

  2. 2 a :  a member of an Indian people of central Peru b :  a group of peoples forming the dominant element of the Inca Empire

Quechuan

play \-wən\ adjective or noun


Origin and Etymology of quechua

Spanish, probably from Southern Peruvian Quechua qheswa (simi), literally, valley speech


First Known Use: 1840


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