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- noun a community of South American Indians in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Incan Empire
- noun a member of a South American Indian people in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Inca empire
- noun the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The name = = written also Qquichua, Quechua, Kechua = = most probably signifies those who "speak correctly", as distinguished from tribes from alien stock.
And rhatany, a leguminous shrub of South America, shows tampering with what must have been a Kechua word.
If your familiarity with languages is limited to exposure to those of the Indo-European family, and your knowledge of, say, Chinese is about as extensive as your mastery of Swahili or Kechua, you may be interested in learning more about Chinese from a book I have been reading with great interest,
They represented Kechua, Cheyenne, Yucatec and Kechin Maya, Mapuche, Cuna and numerous other indigenous groups from Alaska and British Columbia to Hawaii, and Panama to Argentina.