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Yaqui

[ yah-kee ]

noun

, plural Ya·quis, (especially collectively) Ya·qui
  1. Also called Yo·em·e [yoh-, em, -ey]. a member of an Indigenous people of Sonora, Mexico, now living also in other parts of northwestern Mexico and in Arizona and Texas.
  2. Also called Yo·em No·ki [yoh, -em , noh, -kee]. the Uto-Aztecan language of the Yaqui.
  3. a river in northwestern Mexico, flowing into the Gulf of California. 420 miles (676 kilometers) long.


adjective

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

Yaqui

/ ˈjaki /

noun

  1. a river in NW Mexico, rising near the border with the US and flowing south to the Gulf of California. Length: about 676 km (420 miles)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Yaqui1

First recorded in 1860–65; from Mexican Spanish, from earlier Hiaquis (plural), from Yaqui hiaki, hiyaki “the Yaqui River”
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Example Sentences

The tribes were already very numerous, including that of the Yaqui (Nahuas).

The Mayo and Yaqui valleys were now made a separate rectorate.

He was down in the Yaqui River country in Mexico, where heavy construction work was under way.

At last we entered hilly country and the streams pushed with rapidity, flowing to the Yaqui, flowing to the sea.

Turning back along the eastern slope of the Sierras, he recrossed them, with terrible hardship, into the lower Yaqui valley.

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