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The Number System of Nahuatl


This page is based on Brief Notes on Nahuatl.

Nahuatl number system is completely vigesimal (base 20) even for numbers bigger than 100.

NumberReadingMeaning
0?-
11
2öme2
3ëyi3
4nähui4
5mäcuïlli5
6chicuacë5 + 1
7chicöme5 + 2
8chicuëyi5 + 3
9chiucnähui5 + 4
10mahtlactli10
11mahtlactli-on-cë10 and 1
12mahtlactli-om-öme10 and 2
13mahtlactli-om-ëyi10 and 3
14mahtlactli-on-nähui10 and 4
15caxtölli15
16caxtölli-on-cë15 and 1
17caxtölli-om-öme15 and 2
18caxtölli-om-ëyi15 and 3
19caxtölli-on-nähui15 and 4
20cem-pöhualli1* × 20
21cem-pöhualli-on-cë(1* × 20) and 1
22cem-pöhualli-om-öme(1* × 20) and 2
23cem-pöhualli-om-ëyi(1* × 20) and 3
24cem-pöhualli-on-nähui(1* × 20) and 4
25cem-pöhualli-om-mäcuïlli(1* × 20) and 5
26cem-pöhualli-on-chicuacë(1* × 20) and (5 + 1)
27cem-pöhualli-on-chicöme(1* × 20) and (5 + 2)
28cem-pöhualli-on-chicuëyi(1* × 20) and (5 + 3)
29cem-pöhualli-on-chiucnähui(1* × 20) and (5 + 4)
30cem-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli(1* × 20) and 10
31cem-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-cë(1* × 20) and 10 and 1
32cem-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-öme(1* × 20) and 10 and 2
33cem-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-ëyi(1* × 20) and 10 and 3
34cem-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-nähui(1* × 20) and 10 and 4
35cem-pöhualli-on-caxtölli(1* × 20) and 15
36cem-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-cë(1* × 20) and 15 and 1
37cem-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-öme(1* × 20) and 15 and 2
38cem-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-ëyi(1* × 20) and 15 and 3
39cem-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-nähui(1* × 20) and 15 and 4
40öm-pöhualli(2* × 20)
41öm-pöhualli-on-cë(2* × 20) and 1
42öm-pöhualli-om-öme(2* × 20) and 2
43öm-pöhualli-om-ëyi(2* × 20) and 3
44öm-pöhualli-on-nähui(2* × 20) and 4
45öm-pöhualli-om-mäcuïlli(2* × 20) and 5
46öm-pöhualli-on-chicuacë(2* × 20) and (5 + 1)
47öm-pöhualli-on-chicöme(2* × 20) and (5 + 2)
48öm-pöhualli-on-chicuëyi(2* × 20) and (5 + 3)
49öm-pöhualli-on-chiucnähui(2* × 20) and (5 + 4)
50öm-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli(2* × 20) and 10
51öm-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-cë(2* × 20) and 10 and 1
52öm-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-öme(2* × 20) and 10 and 2
53öm-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-ëyi(2* × 20) and 10 and 3
54öm-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-nähui(2* × 20) and 10 and 4
55öm-pöhualli-on-caxtölli(2* × 20) and 15
56öm-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-cë(2* × 20) and 15 and 1
57öm-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-öme(2* × 20) and 15 and 2
58öm-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-ëyi(2* × 20) and 15 and 3
59öm-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-nähui(2* × 20) and 15 and 4
60yë-pöhualli3* × 20
61yë-pöhualli-on-cë(3* × 20) and 1
62yë-pöhualli-om-öme(3* × 20) and 2
63yë-pöhualli-om-ëyi(3* × 20) and 3
64yë-pöhualli-on-nähui(3* × 20) and 4
65yë-pöhualli-om-mäcuïlli(3* × 20) and 5
66yë-pöhualli-on-chicuacë(3* × 20) and (5 + 1)
67yë-pöhualli-on-chicöme(3* × 20) and (5 + 2)
68yë-pöhualli-on-chicuëyi(3* × 20) and (5 + 3)
69yë-pöhualli-on-chiucnähui(3* × 20) and (5 + 4)
70yë-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli(3* × 20) and 10
71yë-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-cë(3* × 20) and 10 and 1
72yë-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-öme(3* × 20) and 10 and 2
73yë-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-ëyi(3* × 20) and 10 and 3
74yë-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-nähui(3* × 20) and 10 and 4
75yë-pöhualli-on-caxtölli(3* × 20) and 15
76yë-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-cë(3* × 20) and 15 and 1
77yë-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-öme(3* × 20) and 15 and 2
78yë-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-ëyi(3* × 20) and 15 and 3
79yë-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-nähui(3* × 20) and 15 and 4
80näuh-pöhualli4* × 20
81näuh-pöhualli-on-cë(4* × 20) and 1
82näuh-pöhualli-om-öme(4* × 20) and 2
83näuh-pöhualli-om-ëyi(4* × 20) and 3
84näuh-pöhualli-on-nähui(4* × 20) and 4
85näuh-pöhualli-om-mäcuïlli(4* × 20) and 5
86näuh-pöhualli-on-chicuacë(4* × 20) and (5 + 1)
87näuh-pöhualli-on-chicöme(4* × 20) and (5 + 2)
88näuh-pöhualli-on-chicuëyi(4* × 20) and (5 + 3)
89näuh-pöhualli-on-chiucnähui(4* × 20) and (5 + 4)
90näuh-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli(4* × 20) and 10
91näuh-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-cë(4* × 20) and 10 and 1
92näuh-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-öme(4* × 20) and 10 and 2
93näuh-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-om-ëyi(4* × 20) and 10 and 3
94näuh-pöhualli-om-mahtlactli-on-nähui(4* × 20) and 10 and 4
95näuh-pöhualli-on-caxtölli(4* × 20) and 15
96näuh-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-cë(4* × 20) and 15 and 1
97näuh-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-öme(4* × 20) and 15 and 2
98näuh-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-om-ëyi(4* × 20) and 15 and 3
99näuh-pöhualli-on-caxtölli-on-nähui(4* × 20) and 15 and 4
100mäcuïl-pöhualli5* × 20

* Different form
† Different word

Note:
cem-pöhualli = 201 = 20
cen-tzontli = 202 = 400
cen-xiquipilli = 203 = 8000
cen-pöhual-xiquipilli = 204 = 160000
cen-tzon-xiquipilli = 205 = 3200000

The number 1976 is read as follows:

näuh-tzontlicaxtölli-om-ëyi-pöhuallicaxtölli-on-
4×400+(15and3)×20+(15and1)


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