This compound glyph for the place name Acatepec emphasizes aca(tl), which appears both as a reed-arrow (decorated with an eagle feather and a down feather ball) at the center of the top of the hill or mountain [tepe(tl)] and as the blue-green or turquoise plant on both sides of that. The locative suffix -c is not shown visually.
With both the reed-arrow or dart and the plants around it, there is no doubt that phonetic element from [aca(tl)] is intended and not mi(tl)] (arrow).
c. 1541, or by 1553 at the latest
reeds, canes, rushes, darts, arrows, mountains, hills, plants, feathers, acatl, tepetl, tules, carrizos
aca(tl), reed and reed-arrow or dart, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/acatl
tepe(tl), hill or mountain, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepetl
-tepec, on the hill or mountain, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tepec
mi(tl), dart, arrow, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/mitl
"On the Hill of Reeds" (in apparent agreement with Berdan & Anawalt) [Frances Karttunen, unpublished manuscript, used here with her permission.]
"On the Hill of Reeds" (Berdan and Anawalt, 1992, vol. 1, p. 168)
"En el Cerro de las Cañas"
Codex Mendoza, folio 13 recto, https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/2fea788e-2aa2-4f08-b6d9-648c00..., image 36 of 188.
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