Pronunciation: (zap'u-tek", zä'pu-; Sp. sä"pô-tek'), [key]
—n., pl. -tecs, (esp. collectively) -tec for 1,
1. a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
2. the Oto-Manguean language of the Zapotecs, consisting of a number of highly divergent dialects.
Archaeol.of or pertaining to a Mesoamerican Indian civilization of the Oaxaca region of Mexico c600b.c.toa.d.1000, characterized by a bar-and-dot system of enumeration, a calendar of Mayan derivation, ball courts, and underground frescoed tombs.
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