Cima (MH623r)

Cima (MH623r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cima ("Wild Potato," from cimatl, an edible medicinal root, and attested here as a man's name) shows seemingly two symmetrical bulbous roots and two sprigs with leaves. Two small roots are vertical, appearing below the bulbs. The branches grow straight or bend to the viewer's left. The bulbs and the branches curve slightly.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Apparently, this is both a wild potato (cimatl) and a medicinal plant (cimapatli or cimapahtli, with the glottal stop), which has been abbreviated in the name.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Cima

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


plantas, medicinales, comestibles

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

cima(tl), a plant with an edible root, a wild potato,
cimapahtli, a medicinal herb,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Raíz o Tubérculo Comestible

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 623r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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