[ ar-uh-wah-kuhn, -wak-uhn ]
/ ˌær əˈwɑ kən, -ˈwæk ən /
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 languages of this region there are to be detected perhaps a few loan-words from Arawakan or Cariban dialects.
In the east also there are evidences of the influence of Arawakan culture from the West Indies.
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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