- of, relating to, or characteristic of a prehistoric American Indian culture of southeastern Arizona, dating from around 9000 b.c.
Origin of Cochise1
named after Cochise County, Arizona
- c1815–74, a chief of the Chiricahua Apaches.
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Examples from the Web for cochise
He was no Cochise or Mangas Coloradas—the two great Apache war chiefs he fought under.Mike Leach Tackles Geronimo the Motivational Murderer
James A. Warren
August 17, 2014
Ivie, who was with the Border Patrol for four years, worked in Cochise County, which sits in the pathway of the drug war.
In the border area of Cochise County, there is a large fence near Naco and another fence 25 miles east at Douglas.
And finally Cochise asked the old-timer whether he believed in a hereafter.
Cochise was too much for them to handle and that was all there was about it.
The tribe had always roved over the country which Cochise named.
Cochise learned from him and in time surpassed him as a general.
Then he set forth one day to pay a visit to Cochise in person.
- died 1874, Apache Indian chief
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Word Origin and History for cochise
(c.1815-1874), leader of the Chiricahua Apache people; his name is Athabaskan, perhaps from chizh "firewood" (cf. ko-chizh "his firewood"), or from ch'izhi "the rough one."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper