[ ar-uh-wah-kuhn, -wak-uhn ]
/ ˌær əˈwɑ kən, -ˈwæk ən /
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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.
of or belonging to this language family or its speakers or to the Arawak.
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Words nearby Arawakan
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Example sentences from the Web for 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.
British Dictionary definitions for Arawakan
/ (ˌærəˈwækən) /
a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America
of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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