[ nah-gwahl, -wahl ]

  1. a guardian spirit among Mexican and Central American Indians, believed to reside in an animal.

Origin of nagual

<Mexican Spanish nagual, nahual<Nahuatl nāhualli

Other words from nagual

  • na·gual·ism, noun

Words Nearby nagual Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use nagual in a sentence

  • nagual is the name by which the sorcerers of Mexico, Indians and aborigines of America, are still designated.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan | Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • For a nagual, as I have shown, is one thing and a totem is another; nor am I aware that Zulus are totemists.

    Modern Mythology | Andrew Lang
  • From this occurrence it will easily be gathered that it is highly dangerous to kill a tamaniu, nagual, or manitou.

    Human Animals | Frank Hamel
  • The form nagual instead of nahual, or naual, or nawal has been generally adopted and should be preferred.

    Nagualism | Daniel G. Brinton
  • It is not impossible that tona is itself a compound root, including the monosyllabic radical na, which is at the basis of nagual.

    Nagualism | Daniel G. Brinton