Zapotec

noun
Za·​po·​tec | \ ˌzä-pə-ˈtek How to pronounce Zapotec (audio) , ˌsä-, ˌza-; ˈzä-pə-ˌtek, ˈsä-, ˈza- \

Definition of Zapotec

: a member of an American Indian people of Oaxaca state, Mexico

First Known Use of Zapotec

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Zapotec

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

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“Zapotec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zapotec. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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