noun te·ma·la·ca·tl \ˌtāmələˈkätəl\

Definition of temalacatl



  1. :  a spindle-shaped stone in Aztec sacrificial rites to which an inadequately armed captive was attached while allowed ostensibly to defend himself against his executioners —called also spindle stone

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Origin and Etymology of temalacatl

Nahuatl, literally, spindle stone, from tetl stone + malacatl spindle

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to cast off or become cast off

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