from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pre-Incan civilization that flourished on the southern coast of Peru from about 200 B.C. to about A.D. 600, known for its polychrome vessels decorated with stylized designs and for the enormous drawings of geometric and zoomorphic forms etched in the desert floor 200 miles south of Lima.
After Nazca, city in southern Peru.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)