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Inca \In"ca\, n.

  1. An emperor or monarch of Peru before, or at the time of, the Spanish conquest; any member of this royal dynasty, reputed to have been descendants of the sun.

  2. pl. The people governed by the Incas, now represented by the Quichua tribe.

    Inca dove (Zo["o]l.), a small dove ( Scardafella inca), native of Arizona, Lower California, and Mexico.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, from Spanish Inga (1520s), from Quechea Inca, literally "lord, king." Technically, only of the high Inca, but it was used widely for "man of royal blood."

Inca (disambiguation)

The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America.

Inca, Inka, or İncə may also refer to:

  • Inca civilization, centered in what is now Peru
  • Sapa Inca or Inka, the main ruler of the Inca Empire
Inca (video game)

Inca is a 1992 computer game developed by Coktel Vision and published by Sierra On-Line. A sequel, Inca II: Nations of Immortality, was released in 1994.

The game describes the conflict between Incas and Spaniards in a sci-fi, space opera setting.

INCA (software)

INCA is a measurement, calibration and diagnostic software published by ETAS. With its large installation base in the auto industry, this development software is deployed during all phases of the development of electronic control units (ECUs) and ECU software programs for measuring, calibration, diagnostics and programming.

Inca (genus)

Inca is a genus of beetles belonging to the family Scarabaeidae.

Usage examples of "inca".

The empire of the Incas was attributed in the sacred chants of the Amautas, the priests assigned to take charge of the records, to four brothers and their wives.

Inca empire extended along the Pacific coast and Andean highlands of South America from the northern border of modern Ecuador, through the whole of Peru, and as far south as the Maule River in central Chile.

I wanted to look more closely at some of the curious links I thought I had identified connecting the sudden appearance of Viracocha to the deluge legends of the Incas and other Andean peoples.

Huayna-Capac the Great moved his army from Cuzco, and by the celebrated battle of Hatuntaqui, in which Cacha was killed, Quito was added to the realm of the Incas.

After all, how much remains to us of the ancient Chavin or Nazca cultures from before the time of the Inca?

Of course, the Peruvian peoples such as the Chimu and the Inca lived on the Pacific coast, and the Toltec and Aztec lived far inland in Mexico, but even that other advanced race of the Americas, the Maya, many of whose towns were built on the coast facing the Atlantic, never attempted ocean voyages.

Some of them, however, excelled in certain narrow fields - the Maya were the master-mathematicians of the ancient world, the Inca had the most highly organised centralised government, the Chimu possibly the most able surgeons, the Greeks excelled at sculpture and abstract thought.

The Inca, seeing this, ordered a great army to be assembled, and sought the favour of auxiliaries from Gusmanco Ccapac and Chimu Ccapac.

The Collas, sons of Chuchi Ccapac, rebel against Inca Yupanqui to obtain their freedom XLI.

Amaru Tupac Inca and Apu Paucar Usnu continue the conquest of the Collao and again subdue the Collas XLII.

This Chuchi Ccapac increased so much in power and wealth among those nations of Colla-suyu, that he was respected by all the Collas, who called him Inca Ccapac.

But the Collas preferred to die fighting rather than to become captives to one so cruel and inhuman as the Inca.

Callao, those captains set out from Lampa, advancing to Hatun-Colla, where they knew that the Collas had rallied their troops to fight the Cuzcos once more, and that they had raised one of the sons of Chuchi Ccapac to be Inca.

The Incas came to the place where the Collas were awaiting them in arms.

At the end of the battle the Collas were defeated and their new Inca was taken prisoner.