Definition of Moche in US English:



  • A pre-Inca culture that flourished on the northern coast of Peru in the 1st to 7th centuries AD.

    • ‘The 1,500-year-old mummy may shed new light on the mysterious Moche culture, which occupied Peru's northern coastal valleys from about A.D.100 to 800.’
    • ‘Inca rule started with the conquest of the Moche culture in Peru.’
    • ‘He frequently consults with the National Geographic Society on a wide variety of topics, including the Moche, the Inca, and Francisco Pizarro.’
    • ‘Housing artifacts of the Moche people, the museum is designed like one of their pyramids.’
    • ‘The revelation of gruesome forms of torture is puzzling in part because the Moche developed a vibrant and highly advanced culture.’


From the name of the Moche valley in northern Peru, where remains of the culture were discovered.