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náhuatl

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The plural of “náhuatl” is “náhuatls", "náhuatl", or "nahuas.”
el náhuatl, la náhuatl(
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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).
1. (member of a Mexican indigenous people)
a. Nahuatl Indian
Los náhuatls nos dieron palabras como "chocolate" y "coyote".The Nahuatl Indians gave us words such as "chocolate" and "coyote."
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (language)
a. Nahuatl
El náhuatl se sigue hablando en zonas rurales de México.Nahuatl is still spoken in rural areas of Mexico.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of Nahuatl origin)
a. Nahuatl
La influencia del imperio azteca es evidente en la escritura náhuatl.The influence of the Aztec Empire can be seen in Nahuatl script.
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náhuatl
adjective
Nahuatl
Nahuatl Indian
(Lingüística) Nahuatl language
Náhuatl is the indigenous Mexican language that was once spoken by the Aztecs and which has given us such words as "tomato", "avocado", "chocolate" and "chilli". The first book to be printed on the American continent was a catechism in náhuatl, edited by a Franciscan monk in 1539. Today náhuatl is spoken in the central plateau of Mexico by a million bilingual and monolingual speakers.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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