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Araucanian

[ar-aw-key-nee-uh n]
noun
  1. a member of an Indian people of central Chile.
  2. the language of the Araucanians, spoken in central Chile and northern Argentina.
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adjective
  1. pertaining to the Araucanians or to their language.
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Origin of Araucanian

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


British Dictionary definitions for araucanian

Araucanian

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
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this people or their language
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