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Carib

[kar-ib] /ˈkær ɪb/
noun, plural Caribs (especially collectively) Carib. for 1.
1.
a member of a group of Indian peoples formerly dominant through the Lesser Antilles, now found in small numbers in a few areas of the West Indies and in parts of Central America and northeastern South America.
2.
the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.
Origin of Carib
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish caribe < Arawak
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  • Morgan and Carib had taken care that no one had marked their departure.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The population was largely Carib, a savage race given to cannibalism.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The Carib women in Surinam think that large calves of the leg are a beauty.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • A Carib chief arriving with a slave, offered him for sale to the English governor.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the banks of the Pomaroon lived a Carib family, with a number of small children.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • An Indian hammock selected at random will not suffice; it must be a Carib and none other.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • Long after the girl and the Carib woman had gone to sleep in the shadows, Johnny sat there.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • He was about to engage in a battle that might mean the death of some faithful Carib.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • The Carib, with a sudden quick movement, bent low for a blow at his chest.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • Then from a dark corner there rose the chant of the only Carib of the crew.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
British Dictionary definitions for Carib

Carib

/ˈkærɪb/
noun
1.
(pl) -ibs, -ib. a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles
2.
the family of languages spoken by these peoples
Derived Forms
Cariban, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak
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Word Origin and History for Carib
n.

1550s, from Spanish Caribe, from Arawakan kalingo or kalino, said to mean "brave ones" or else "strong men." As an adjective by 1881.

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