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teocalli

[tee-uh-kal-ee, tey-uh-kah-lee; Spanish te-aw-kah-yee]
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noun, plural te·o·cal·lis [tee-uh-kal-eez, tey-uh-kah-leez; Spanish te-aw-kah-yees] /ˌti əˈkæl iz, ˌteɪ əˈkɑ liz; Spanish ˌtɛ ɔˈkɑ yis/.
  1. a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.

Origin of teocalli

1605–15; < Nahuatl, equivalent to teō(tl) god + calli house
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Historical Examples

  • On an island, in the land of Aztlan, stands a teocalli, like the temples of worship in Mexico.

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  • Its form, like that of the other Mexican teocalli, was a truncated cone.

  • Then he turned to view the teocalli, which he found not unworthy of his regard.

  • In the midst arose the huge mound of the teocalli, menacing, formidable.

  • He was then conducted to a teocalli some three miles from the city of Mexico.


British Dictionary definitions for teocalli

teocalli

noun plural -lis
  1. any of various truncated pyramids built by the Aztecs as bases for their temples

Word Origin

C17: from Nahuatl, from teotl god + calli house
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Word Origin and History for teocalli

n.

1570s, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) teohcalli, literally "temple, church," from teotl "god" + calli "house."

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