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

  • n. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people of southwest Mexico whose civilization was at its height from the 14th century until the Spanish conquest.
  • n. A descendant of this people.
  • n. The language of the Tarascans, of no known linguistic affiliation.

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  • n. A member of the Purepecha people.
  • proper n. The Purepecha language.


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Spanish tarasco, from a Purepecha word meaning indistinctly "father-in-law" or "son-in-law".


  • The name is supposed to be the sound a humming bird makes in Tarascan, which is an Indian language.

    Pot Squirrel

  • All manner of personal objects would have been placed in Tarascan burials.

    The Tarasco culture and empire

  • Representative cuisine of the Pátzcuaro region includes important creations such as Tarascan soup, its famous white fish, tiny fish known as "charales," the unequalled flavor of ice cream known as "nieve de pasta," and the stew from Ario de Rosales known as "olla podrida."

    Introduction to Michoacán - the soul of Mexico

  • I manage a tutoring program for the little children (ages 3 through 7) at Casa Hogar, an orphanage located about a 5 minute walk from the Tarascan fountain in Morelia.

    Volunteers needed for Morelia orphanage

  • There are actually 2 ways of making Tarascan soup, one with a chile-ancho-tortilla base, as I made last week, and one with a purred bean and tomato base.

    Somewhat Tarascan Bean Soup

  • He has a recipe for "Somewhat Tarascan Bean Soup," so called because instead of the more traditional bayo bean, he uses a cranberry bean.

    Somewhat Tarascan Bean Soup

  • I had been planning on adding some stuff to this Tarascan broth anyway to make it more of a one dish meal (Kennedy's recipe basically calls for fried tortilla strips and fried ancho strips), so I decided to focus on flavoring the garnishes in such a way that the traditional nature of the broth would be complemented but not overwhelmed.

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  • In the course of this rampage, a Tarascan king was dragged behind a horse and then burned alive because Guzmán thought he was withholding information regarding a gold treasure.

    Vasco de Quiroga: notes on a practical Utopian (1470–1565)

  • Quiroga's plan, which he implemented with outstanding success, was to create communities in the vicinity of Lake Pátzcuaro, the heart of the Tarascan country, where Indians would not only receive religious instruction, but also in arts and crafts and in the fundamentals of self-government.

    Vasco de Quiroga: notes on a practical Utopian (1470–1565)

  • Those two islands off to the left, Scorpion and Mezcala, were the scene of a valiant, futile defense by the Tarascan Indians during the Spanish conquest.

    Chapala - Mexico's Shangri-la


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