Axayacatl (insect)

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This is a reproduction of the Aztec glyph for the axayacatl, as seen in Book 11 of the Florentine Codex.[1]

Axayacatl [ɑʃɑˈjɑkɑt͡ɬ] and its plural, āxaxayacatl [ɑːʃɑʃɑˈjɑkɑt͡ɬ] (the plural form is not commonly used in daily Nahuatl) are the two common names of pre-Hispanic origin used in Mexico to refer to species of aquatic insects in the family Corixidae, the eggs of which, ahuauhtli ([aˈwawt͡ɬi]), deposited abundantly on rushes (grass-like plants in the Juncaceae family) and flags (species of Iris plant) in lakes and ponds, are collected and sold as a sort of Mexican caviar, as part of Aztec cuisine.[1]


  1. ^ a b McDavitt, M. (n.d.). The astonishing axacayatl. Mexicalore. Retrieved September 10, 2012, from link


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