The English Language

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Quechua

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Quechua Language Notes

Quechua is an Andean-Equatorial language spoken in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. It is the language of the Inca Empire.

Many words from this language are names of Andean animals and birds ("condor", "llama") as well as products from the plants of the region ("cocoa", "quinine").


WordMeaningNotes
cocoa   A seed from which a powder is extracted.
condor   Andean vulture. One of many animal words from Quechua.
gaucho poor person South American mounted herdsman.
guanaco   Wild brown relative of the llama.
guano dung Sea bird excrement used as a fertiliser.
Inca lord Pre-Spanish culture in Peru.
jerky dried Dried meat.
llama   Domesticated Andean relative of the camel. Pronounced 'YAMMA'.
maté   Tea made from cocoa leaves.
pampa plain Large treeless plains in South America.
puma   Large South American cat.
quinine bark Extract from the bark of a tree used for malaria.
totora   A reed used for boat making.
vicuña   Andean deer-like relative of the llama.

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