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Za•po•tec  (zapə tek′, zäpə-; Sp. sä′pô tek),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tecs,  (esp. collectively) -tec  for 1, adj. 
  1. Language Varietiesa member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
  2. Language Varietiesthe Oto-Manguean language of the Zapotecs, consisting of a number of highly divergent dialects.

  1. Archaeologyof or pertaining to a Mesoamerican Indian civilization of the Oaxaca region of Mexico c600b.c.toa.d.1000, characterized by a bar-and-dot system of enumeration, a calendar of Mayan derivation, ball courts, and underground frescoed tombs.
  • Nahuatl tzapotēcah, plural of tzapotēcatl person from Tzapotlān (tzapo(tl) sapodilla + -tēcatl suffix of personal nouns, -tlān locative suffix)
  • Mexican Spanish zapoteco

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