temalacatl

noun
te·​ma·​la·​ca·​tl | \ ˌtāmələˈkätᵊl \
plural -s

Definition of temalacatl

: 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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History and Etymology for temalacatl

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

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“Temalacatl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temalacatl. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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