Cima (MH660r)

Cima (MH660r)
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 bulbous roots and a sprig with leaves. The roots are vertical, and the branches bend off to the viewer's right. At the tip of one of the branches are two coils.

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. According to the Florentine Codex (1963, Book 11, 125 and 133), if not properly cooked, the root can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The plant above ground is the cuauheco.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

peo. çima

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


herbs, hierbas, roots, raíces, medicinas, nombres de hombres

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

cima(tl), edible medicinal root of an herb,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Raíz o Tubérculo Comestible

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 660r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: