Pronunciation: (az'tek), [key]
1. a member of a Nahuatl-speaking state in central Mexico that was conquered by Cortés in 1521.
2. Also called classical Nahuatl. the variety of Nahuatl that served as the medium of Aztec civilization, aboriginally written in a chiefly pictographic script. Cf. Nahuatl (def. 2).
3. the Nahuatl language.
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