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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Examples from the Web for quichua
Zegarra, as a native of Peru whose language was Quichua, had great advantages.
This is a clear proof that before 1781 these Quichua dramas were acted.
He was not only a Quichua scholar, but also accomplished and well read.
Their language differs from the Quichua, though evidently a sister-tongue.The Western World
There was, for instance, the learning of the Quichua language.Harry Escombe
- a variant of Quechua
- 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
Word Origin and History for quichua
Indian people of Peru and surrounding regions, 1811, from Spanish, from Quechua kechua "plunderer, destroyer." Also the name of their language. Related: Quechuan.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper