ahau

noun

ä-ˈhau̇
plural -s
often capitalized
: the last of the 20 day names of the Maya calendar that with its associated numbers 1 to 13 in a peculiar order (13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2) designated the 13 katuns of a series
13 ahau the first

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Epigraphic Mayan ʔajaaw, literally, "lord, ruler"

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ahau was in 1843

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“Ahau.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahau. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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