Quichua [keech-wah, -wuh] Examples noun, plural Quich·uas, (especially collectively) Quich·ua.

  1. Quechua.

Quechua or Kech·ua, Kech·uan, Quech·uan, Quich·ua [kech-wah, -wuh] noun, plural Quech·uas, (especially collectively) Quech·ua for 2.

  1. the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
  2. a member of an Indian people of Peru speaking Quechua.

Examples from the Web for quichua Historical Examples of quichua

  • Zegarra, as a native of Peru whose language was Quichua, had great advantages.

    Apu Ollantay


  • This is a clear proof that before 1781 these Quichua dramas were acted.

    Apu Ollantay


  • He was not only a Quichua scholar, but also accomplished and well read.

    Apu Ollantay


  • Their language differs from the Quichua, though evidently a sister-tongue.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There was, for instance, the learning of the Quichua language.

    Harry Escombe

    Harry Collingwood

  • British Dictionary definitions for quichua Quichua noun plural -uas or -ua

    1. a variant of Quechua

    Quechua Kechua Quichua noun

    1. plural -uas or -ua a member of any of a group of South American Indian peoples of the Andes, including the Incas
    2. the language or family of languages spoken by these peoples, possibly distantly related to the Tupï-Guarani family

    Derived FormsQuechuan, Kechuan or Quichuan, adjective, noun Word Origin and History for quichua Quechua n.

    Indian people of Peru and surrounding regions, 1811, from Spanish, from Quechua kechua “plunderer, destroyer.” Also the name of their language. Related: Quechuan.

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