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Mayan

[mah-yuh n] /ˈmɑ yən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the Maya, their culture, or their languages.
noun
2.
a member of the Mayan tribe.
3.
a group of languages spoken by the Mayas in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, including Yucatec, Quiché, and Huastec.
Origin of Mayan
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; May(a) + -an
Related forms
pseudo-Mayan, adjective, noun
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  • Mr. Holder says that he recognized familiar Mayan symbols in the inscription.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • By Mr. Holder's method we could demonstrate that we're Mayan—if that should be a source of pride to us.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • He says that he has demonstrated that most of the symbols are Mayan.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • The ruins of Mayan civilization, excavated once, were buried anew.

  • Little the Yucatecans recked of ruined temples and Mayan problems.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
British Dictionary definitions for Mayan

Mayan

/ˈmaɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Maya or any of their languages
noun
2.
a family of Central American Indian languages, including Maya, possibly a member of the Penutian phylum
3.
another name for a Maya2
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