cemmahpilli [Nahuatl]

In Mexico, as early as the 16th century – ?, a measure of length, a palm.

According to Molina (1571): “una pulgarada, para medir” (a small unit of length, for measuring). Molina lists the word under cemmapilli.  The Spanish orthography did not have a character for the Nahuatl glottal stop, which the Spanish had difficulty hearing anyway. Modern scholars have added the “h” to represent the glottal stop.

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