- of or relating to the Quechua language or people.
Origin of Quechuan
or Kech·ua, Kech·uan, Quech·uan, Quich·ua
- the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
- a member of an Indian people of Peru speaking Quechua.
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- plural -uas or -ua a member of any of a group of South American Indian peoples of the Andes, including the Incas
- the language or family of languages spoken by these peoples, possibly distantly related to the Tupï-Guarani family
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Word Origin and History for quechuan
Indian people of Peru and surrounding regions, 1811, from Spanish, from Quechua kechua "plunderer, destroyer." Also the name of their language. Related: Quechuan.
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