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Classical NahuatlEdit

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A Jaguar warrior holding a macuahuitl sword and shield.

EtymologyEdit

ocēlōtl "jaguar" + oquichtli "warrior"

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /oˈseː.loː.kitʃtɬi/

NounEdit

ocēlōquichtli (plural ocēlōquichtin)

  1. Jaguar warrior, jaguar knight, members of the Aztec military elite donning jaguar skins.
    • 1645, Horacio Carochi, Arte de la lengua mexicana, (4.6.1).
      amoyölïcàtzin mocëloquichtine, tocnïhuäne: cämpa öanhuällàquè? huel anmiequïntin: auh ca çannötitèhuän; tiquìtoà, àçomà oc azcentlamantin.
      welcome o jaguar warriors, our friends; where do you come from? You are very many: and you are from our nation, we understood that you were from another caste.
    • 1949, Aztekische Schriftsprache; Grammatik mit Lautlehre, p. 170.
      cf. cuiloa. oceloquichtli Jaguarmann, met. für tapferer Krieger; cf. oquichtli + ocelotl; . aber oquichocelotl = Jaguarmännchen.
      cf. painting. oceloquichtli Jaguar man, met. for brave warrior; cf. oquitchli + ocelotl; . but oquichocelotl = Jaguar men.

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