Classical NahuatlEdit



Acc. to Manaster Ramer (1996), from Proto-(Southern) Uto-Aztecan *tulV or *tuulV. Related to O'odham čuud- "charcoal" and probably Tarahumara turu-buča-me "mottled white and black".



  1. Black ink.
    • 1555: Alonso de Molina, Aqui comienca vn vocabulario en la lengua Castellana y Mexicana
      Tinta para eſcreuir. tlilli.
  2. Soot.
  3. Charcoal.

Derived termsEdit


  • Andrews, J. Richard. (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, Revised Edition, University of Oklahoma Press, p. 262.
  • Karttunen, Frances. (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, p. 308.
  • Lockhart, James. (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, p. 239.
  • Manaster Ramer, Alexis. (1996) "On Whorf's Law and related questions of Aztecan phonology and etymology". International Journal of American Linguistics, vol. 62, no. 2, p. 181.
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