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Araucanian

[ar-aw-key-nee-uh n] /ˌær ɔˈkeɪ ni ən/
noun
1.
a member of an Indian people of central Chile.
2.
the language of the Araucanians, spoken in central Chile and northern Argentina.
adjective
3.
pertaining to the Araucanians or to their language.
Origin of Araucanian
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05; Araucani(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for Araucanian
Historical Examples
  • The Araucanian pressed his hand, and sat down silently by his side.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • The Araucanian rose, went up to the singer, and touched him gently on the shoulder.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • But, since they spoke Araucanian, his Spanish served him as little as Hebrew.

  • The other woman of whom Araucanian history tells us was called Janaqueo.

    Women of America John Rouse Larus
  • At the time of the Araucanian invasion he addressed his troops in the most humane terms.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • Villagran, returning to the capital with reinforcements, found the investing Araucanian army in a totally unprepared condition.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • Arauco, a province of Chile, named from the Araucanian Indians; area, 2189 sq. miles; pop.

  • They asked the Chilian government to let them evangelize the fierce Araucanian savages, but this was refused.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • He even learned that his name was Thalcave, a word which signifies in Araucanian "the thunderer."

  • The latter term, which signifies warriors, seems to be assumed by many of the tribes of Araucanian origin.

British Dictionary definitions for Araucanian

Araucanian

/ˌærɔːˈkeɪnɪən/
noun
1.
a South American Indian language; thought to be an isolated branch of the Penutian phylum, spoken in Chile and W Argentina
2.
a member of the people who speak this language
adjective
3.
of or relating to this people or their language
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