miztetl [Nahuatl]

In Mexico, a unit of length among the Aztec, the distance between the outstretched thumb and index finger. Also called miztitl.



“cuanto se mide con el pulgar y el indice”.



The span was called miztetl or miztitl, a word of obvious derivation, meaning 'between the finger nails,' from iztetl, finger nail.

Daniel G. Brinton.
The Lineal Measures of the Semi-Civilized Nations of Mexico and Central America.
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 18, no. 118 pages 194-197 (March 1885).
Page 202.

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