cliff dweller


noun

(usually initial capital letter) a member of a prehistoric people of the southwestern U.S., who were ancestors of the Pueblo Indians and built shelters in caves or on the ledges of cliffs.
a person who lives in an apartment house, especially in a large city.

Origin of cliff dweller

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85

OTHER WORDS FROM cliff dweller

cliff dwelling, noun
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