- 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
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.
Tenochtitlan covered about one fourth of the ground now occupied by the city of Mexico.
Tenochtitlan was, undoubtedly, the richest city upon Anahuac.
In token of its miraculous origin they called their city Tenochtitlan.Alamo Ranch
Sarah Warner Brooks
- 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
former Aztec city, Nahuatl, literally "place of the nopal rock," from tetl "rock" + nuchtli "nopal," a species of cactus sacred to the sun god.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper