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The literal meaning of the Cakchiquel _tihax_ is, according to Ximenes, "it bites, scraping" (muerde rasgando).
Day Symbols of the Maya Year Sixteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894-1895, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1897, pages 199-266.
(Now!) "_No muerde_," (It does not bite), added he, as he saw that I hesitated to touch the strange, beetle-shaped insect.