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quechua

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quechua(
keh
-
chwah
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (language)
a. Quechua
El quechua se habla en distintos países de Sudamérica.Quechua is spoken in different South American countries.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (nationality)
a. Quechua
Conocí a una quechua en Perú que me platicó sobre sus costumbres.I met a Quechua in Peru who told me about her customs.
b. Quechuan
Los quechuas son descendientes directos de los incas.The Quechuans are direct descendants of the Incas.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
3. (of Quechuan origin)
a. Quechua
En la artesanía quechua se utiliza mucho la lana de llama.Llama wool is used a lot in Quechua handicrafts.
b. Quechuan
Las comunidades quechuas todavía sufren la discriminación en su propio país.Quechuan communities still suffer from discrimination in their own country.
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quechua
adjective
1. Quechuan
masculine or feminine noun
2. Quechua (persona)
masculine noun
3. Quechua (idioma)
QUECHUA Quechua, which was the language of the Inca empire, is an Amerindian language still spoken today by more than eight million people in the Andean region. The number of speakers declined dramatically in the centuries following the Spanish conquest, but in more recent years there have been official attempts to promote the language. As with the Aztec language Náhuatl, many Quechua words passed into Spanish, and on to many other languages. For example, in English we find “condor”, “jerky” (n, = dried meat) and “quinine”.
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quechua
adjective
Quechua; Quechuan
Quechua(n) Indian
(Lingüística) Quechua
Quechua, the language spoken by the Incas, is the most widely spoken indigenous language in South America, with some 13 million speakers in the Andean region. The first Quechua grammar was compiled by a Spanish missionary in 1560, as part of a linguistic policy intended to aid the process of evangelization. In 1975 Peru made Quechua an official state language. From Quechua come words such as "llama", "condor" and "puma".
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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