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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally the generic name for the spirits thought by the Peruvian Indians to be disseminated through the whole visible and perceptible world; also applied to every object, natural or artificial, supposed to be the abode of such a spirit.
  • n. A fetish. The sun, moon, and stars, all meteorologic phenomena, the mountains, rivers, in short, everything striking in nature, and every idol, were huaca.
  • n. An aboriginal ruin: now the common use of the word. Any ruin of ancient Indian architecture is a huaca. See huaco.

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