Arawakan

[ ar-uh-wah-kuhn, -wak-uhn ]
/ ˌær əˈwɑ kən, -ˈwæk ən /

noun

a family of numerous languages that developed in ancient South America and spread north to Central America and to islands in the Caribbean and Atlantic.
a member of the Arawak or related indigenous people who speak, or once spoke, these languages.

adjective

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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British Dictionary definitions for Arawakan

Arawakan
/ (ˌærəˈwækən) /

noun

a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America

adjective

of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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