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[ar-uh-wah-kuh n, -wak-uh n]
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  1. a family of numerous and widely scattered languages spoken formerly from Florida to Chile but now only in South America.
  2. a member of a group of Indian peoples who spoke these languages.
  1. of or belonging to this language family or its speakers or to the Arawak.

Origin of Arawakan

First recorded in 1905–10; Arawak + -an
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Examples from the Web for arawakan

Historical Examples

  • In the east also there are evidences of the influence of Arawakan culture from the West Indies.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4


  • In the languages of this region there are to be detected perhaps a few loan-words from Arawakan or Cariban dialects.

British Dictionary definitions for arawakan


  1. a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America
  1. of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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