- a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.
Origin of teocalli
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Historical Examples of teocalli
On an island, in the land of Aztlan, stands a teocalli, like the temples of worship in Mexico.Mexico
Its form, like that of the other Mexican teocalli, was a truncated cone.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
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.The Mythologies of Ancient Mexico and Peru
- any of various truncated pyramids built by the Aztecs as bases for their temples
Word Origin for teocalli
1570s, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) teohcalli, literally "temple, church," from teotl "god" + calli "house."