Chichimec

noun

Chi·​chi·​mec
ˈchēchəˌmek
variants or Chichimeca
ˌ⸗⸗ˈmākə
or Chichimeco
-ˈmā(ˌ)kō
plural Chichimec or Chichimecs or Chichimeca or Chichimecas or Chichimeco or Chichimecos
1
a
: any one of the Nahuatlan peoples in Mexico before the rise of the Aztec empire
b
: a warlike people of northern Mexico
c
: a member of any such people
2
: the language of the Chichimec people
Chichimecan
¦⸗⸗¦mākən
-mek-
adjective

Word History

Etymology

Spanish chichimeca, from Nahuatl chichimecatl

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“Chichimec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chichimec. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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