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In·caalso In·ka (ĭng′kə)
n. pl. Inca or In·cas also Inka or In·kas
a. A member of the group of Quechuan peoples of highland Peru who established an empire from northern Ecuador to central Chile before the Spanish conquest.
b. A ruler or high-ranking member of the Inca Empire.
2. A member of any of the peoples ruled by the Incas.
[Spanish, from Quechua inka, ruler, man of royal lineage.]
AD 1200–1535 The Incas built an extensive empire, the hub of which was the city of Cuzco. Their ruler was known as the Only Inca,” and was regarded as a god. The Inca were sunworshippers, and practiced human sacrifice. Their last king, Atahualpa, was captured by the Spanish expedition led by Pizzaro.