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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


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  • The name = = written also Qquichua, Quechua, Kechua = = most probably signifies those who "speak correctly", as distinguished from tribes from alien stock.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • And rhatany, a leguminous shrub of South America, shows tampering with what must have been a Kechua word.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 4

  • 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,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VI No 2

  • 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.



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