One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting parts of central Mexico.
- ‘More important are what I consider to be the infrequent errors of emphasis and interpretation: for example, the references to the Otomi.’
2The Otomanguean language of the Otomi.
Relating to the Otomi or their language.
- ‘His paternal grandmother, an Otomi Indian, also inspired his spiritual direction.’
- ‘The editors correctly mention the fear and respect that Nahuas had for Otomi prowess in war but fail to mention their equally strong disdain.’
- ‘For example, the Otomi Indian child in Mexico can identify and knows the uses of 138 plants compared to the ordinary school-going Mexican child in the same village, who can identify only 37.’
Via American Spanish from Nahuatl otomih, literally ‘unknown’.
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