Query: necualli

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Notlazohtequixpoyohuan, 

In book 1 chapter 12 of the Florentine, section on Tlazolteotl, there is this word, necualli, which is supposedly what people tell the four Tlazolteotl sisters. Translations range from monecual, "your evil", to necuallocotonani, "one who cuts something with impatience" [so impatience is expressed by necual-yotl]; to necualtoquiliztli, "fingimiento de bondad", lo logic of which escapes me. Anyway, I assume that that necualli is the patientive noun formed from the verb, cua, "to eat", with the reflexive object converting to ne-. What I don't understand is: 1) how you get from the morphology to the actual meaning of the word; 2) the actual meaning of the word.

John