noun, plural te·o·cal·lis [tee-uh–kal-eez, tey-uh–kah-leez; Spanish te-aw-kah-yees] /ˌti əˈkæl iz, ˌteɪ əˈkɑ liz; Spanish ˌtɛ ɔˈkɑ yis/.
- a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.
noun plural -lis
- any of various truncated pyramids built by the Aztecs as bases for their temples
n.1570s, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) teohcalli, literally “temple, church,” from teotl “god” + calli “house.”