Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A family of languages spoken in Mexico and formerly also in Central America and including Mixtec and Zapotec.

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  • proper noun A large Native American language family including Mixtec, Zapotec and Otomi.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to this language family.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Otomi, Oto-Manguean language of central Mexico + Mangue, Oto-Manguean language formerly spoken in Nicaragua.]

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Based on Otomi + Mangue, another name for the Chorotega language.

Examples

  • As a part of the Oto-Manguean language family, the Amuzgo Indians inhabit the border region of southeastern Guerrero and southwestern Oaxaca.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

  • As a part of the Oto-Manguean language family, the Amuzgo Indians inhabit the border region of southeastern Guerrero and southwestern Oaxaca.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

  • As a division of the Oto-Manguean linguistic group, the Chinantecos speak as many as 14 different dialects.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

  • It is believed that nine branches of the Oto-Manguean family were already distinct by 1500 B.C., and that some of this linguistic differentiation actually took place in the Valley of Tehuacán.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

  • The Chatinos belong to the Oto-Manguean language group and speak seven main dialects.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

  • Both ethnic groups belong the Oto-Manguean Linguistic Family, which includes as many as 172 languages, ranging as far north as the states of Hidalgo and Querétaro (the Otomí) and as far south as Nicaragua.

    Indigenous Mexico: an overview

  • In fact, of the 172 living Oto-Manguean tongues, sixty-four are Zapotecan.

    Indigenous Mexico: an overview

  • Both ethnic groups belong the Oto-Manguean Linguistic Family, which includes as many as 172 languages, ranging as far north as the states of Hidalgo and Querétaro (the Otomí) and as far south as Nicaragua.

    Indigenous Mexico: an overview

  • In fact, of the 172 living Oto-Manguean tongues, sixty-four are Zapotecan.

    Indigenous Mexico: an overview

  • Without a doubt, the Oto-Manguean language family is the largest linguistic group in the state of Oaxaca, represented by at least 173 languages.

    The indigenous people of Oaxaca

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