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EtymologyEdit

Spanish tenamaste.

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tenamaste (plural tenamastes)

  1. Any of the three stones traditionally used to elevate a comal above a fire in Mesoamerican cultures.
    • 1987, Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation, page 174:
      Tenamaste stones were used as pot rests or firedogs in a cooking fire.
    • 2005, Pablo Valderrama Rouy, The Totonac, in Native Peoples of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, page 199:
      Also, at the foot of the tenamastes people bury coins, chiles, grains of corn, and a handful of beans to assure that the domestic food supply will never run out. [...] Contemporary Totonac usually construct a wooden box with legs that is filled with dirt on which the tenamastes are placed. The most sacred place in the main room is the home altar [...]
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:tenamaste.

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EtymologyEdit

From Classical Nahuatl tenamaztli (hearthstone, triplet).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tenaˈmaste/, [t̪enaˈmast̪e]

NounEdit

tenamaste m (plural tenamastes)

  1. (Central America, Mexico) a hearthstone, any of the three stones traditionally used to elevate a comal above a fire
  2. (in the plural, Mexico) triplets

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