Meaning of xoloitzcuintli in English:


Pronunciation /ˌʃəʊləʊɪtsˈkwɪntli/


(also xoloitzcuintle)
  • The Mexican hairless dog.

    There was much early confusion as to which animal was referred to by Hernández in 1651; as the name of a breed of dog, rare before the mid 20th century.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Smellie (1740–1795), printer, editor, and author. From Nahuatl xōlōitzcuīntli, apparently from xōlō-, xōlōtl, of uncertain sense and etymology, perhaps ‘page, male servant’ + itzcuīntli particular kind of dog.