hua·​ca | \ ˈwäkə \
variants: or guaca \ ˈgw-​ \
plural -s

Definition of huaca

: an ancient Peruvian sacred object:
a : god, spirit
b : any object (as a mountain, animal, shrine, or artifact) inhabited by a god or spirit : fetish — compare manitou, nagual, zemi
c : a pre-Columbian ruin (as a tomb or burial mound)

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History and Etymology for huaca

Spanish guaca, huaca, from Quechua wáka

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“Huaca.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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