Necuametl (MH528r)

Necuametl (MH528r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Necuametl ("Palm Tree," attested here as a man’s name) shows what looks like a tree (cuahuitl, perhaps providing the phonetic element "cua") with all the branches cut short and denuded.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There are some options for analysis. The name Necuametl may refer to a palm-like tree of the same name, or else a sweet maguey. Metl is another word for maguey, and necuatl is unfermented maguey sap or juice. So, if the name is not "Wild Palm," it could translate as "Maguey Juice/Sap." The fact that the tree or agave is denuded may suggest that it has been processed for the making of juice (or the alcoholic beverage). This resembles tzihuactli, with its look of a trunk with branches removed roughly; it may also play a phonetic role of providing the "hua" syllable.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Necuametl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


magueyes, agaves, juices, jugos, agua miel, árboles, madera

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

necuame(tl), a palm-like tree or a small spiny agave,
me(tl), maguey/agave plant,
necua(tl), unfermented maguey juice,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Palma Silvestre, o Jugo de Maguey

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 528r, 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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