Common Mayan (CM) had a full complement of terms for the maize
complex: maize, corncob,
(ear or corn),
corn drink), to sow, to harvest, to grind,
(a grindstone), to roast
(grains), flour, and lime (used to leach corn kernels).
CM names for other domesticated plants do not point to any particular
area or epoch within Mesoamerica: avocado, chili pepper, sapodilla,
custard apple, sweet manioc,
(yellow squash), sweet potato, bean,
a food-coloring condiment), maguey (century plant), cotton,
tobacco, cigar. Note that
‘chocolate’ is not Common Mayan.
Domestic animals included words for dog, turkey and pet. Other animals
include the jaguar, opossum, mouse, gopher, armadillo, cougar, squirrel,
deer, coyote, skunk, fox, crow, vulture, owl, bat, hawk, bee/honey, fly,
louse, spider, tick, butterfly, bumblebee/wasp, scorpion, toad, fish, worm,
snake, crocodile, monkey and quetzal.
Trees and other plants include the nettle, fern, fig, wild grape, vine,