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Tenochtitlán

[te-nawch-tee-tlahn]
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noun
  1. the capital of the Aztec empire: founded in 1325; destroyed by the Spaniards in 1521; now the site of Mexico City.
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Examples from the Web for tenochtitlan

Historical Examples

  • There at last was their longed-for goal, the mysterious Tenochtitlan.

    Mexico

    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Tenochtitlan was no more, and the Aztec kings with their dynasty were blotted out.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale

  • Tenochtitlan covered about one fourth of the ground now occupied by the city of Mexico.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale

  • Tenochtitlan was, undoubtedly, the richest city upon Anahuac.

    Mexico

    Susan Hale

  • In token of its miraculous origin they called their city Tenochtitlan.

    Alamo Ranch

    Sarah Warner Brooks


British Dictionary definitions for tenochtitlan

Tenochtitlán

noun
  1. an ancient city and capital of the Aztec empire on the present site of Mexico City; razed by Cortés in 1521
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Word Origin and History for tenochtitlan

Tenochtitlan

former Aztec city, Nahuatl, literally "place of the nopal rock," from tetl "rock" + nuchtli "nopal," a species of cactus sacred to the sun god.

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