Arawakan

[ar-uh-wah-kuh n, -wak-uh n]
noun
  1. a family of numerous and widely scattered languages spoken formerly from Florida to Chile but now only in South America.
  2. a member of a group of Indian peoples who spoke these languages.
adjective
  1. 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

noun
  1. a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America
adjective
  1. of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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