[ tuh-wel-chee, -chey ]


, plural Te·huel·ches, (especially collectively) Te·huel·che
  1. a member of an Indigenous people of Patagonia.
  2. the language of the Tehuelche.


  1. of or relating to the Tehuelche or their language.

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Other Words From

  • Te·huel·che·an adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Tehuelche1

First recorded in 1770–80; from Spanish, from Araucanian cheu(ù)lche, of uncertain meaning

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Example Sentences

Often touted as the eighth wonder of the world, Chile’s Torres del Paine—which translates to “towers of blue” in Spanish and Tehuelche—truly lives up to its name.

I once witnessed a remarkable feat of strength performed by a Northern Tehuelche of the name of Koloby.

The 'Artful Dodger' would have had to look to his laurels if he had had to enter into competition with a young Tehuelche.

We reached Santa Cruz shortly after daybreak, and so ended my first experience of a Tehuelche merry-making.

The features of the pure-bred Tehuelche are extremely regular, and by no means unpleasant to look at.

Patagonia bears upon its length the clear-cut and long-drawn initial of the Tehuelche race.


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