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Am en Maya

Definition of Am en Maya

The word “am” is part of the Mayan dictionary and literally means “spider”.

Mayan word that refers to the spider, an animal whose main characteristics is to have eight legs and a kind of claws that are called chelicerae. 


The word Am is originally from the ancient culture and means “spider”. Specifically, it comes from the so – called Proto-Mayan language, the oldest language. This language was used by Central American aborigines from 4000 to 5000 years BC.

Despite being a highly historical language, its use is maintained in many regions of Central America. Currently, speakers of this language can be found in much of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and southern Mexico, where it is used the most.


The Mayan language is also known as “Yucatecan Maya” or simply “Yucatecan”. This name is due to the fact that its current use is centered in Mexican states, especially Yucatán and Campeche.

The Mayan language has no use of question marks. For example: the phrase Bix a beel is equivalent to the question in Spanish, How are you? or literally how is your way?