Za·​po·​tec ˌzä-pə-ˈtek How to pronounce Zapotec (audio)
plural Zapotec or Zapotecs
: a member of an Indigenous people of the state of Oaxaca, Mexico

Examples of Zapotec in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also missing was any means of classifying ethnic or tribal groups—Maya, Zapotec, Xinca, Lenca, Afro-Colombian, and so on. Ananda Rose, Scientific American, 1 June 2015

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Word History


Spanish zapoteca, from Nahuatl tzapotēcah, plural of tzapotēcatl, literally, person of (the land of) sapodillas, from tzapotl sapodilla fruit + -tēcatl person (from)

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Zapotec was in 1814

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“Zapotec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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