noun, plural te·o·cal·lis [tee-uhkal-eez, tey-uhkah-leez; Spanish te-aw-kah-yees] /ˌti əˈkæl iz, ˌteɪ əˈkɑ liz; Spanish ˌtɛ ɔˈkɑ yis/.

  1. a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.

noun plural -lis

  1. 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.”

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