[ar-uh-wah-kuh n, -wak-uh n]
- a family of numerous and widely scattered languages spoken formerly from Florida to Chile but now only in South America.
- a member of a group of Indian peoples who spoke these languages.
- of or belonging to this language family or its speakers or to the Arawak.
Origin of Arawakan
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Historical Examples of arawakan
In the east also there are evidences of the influence of Arawakan culture from the West Indies.
In the languages of this region there are to be detected perhaps a few loan-words from Arawakan or Cariban dialects.
- a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America
- of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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