variants: or Alakaluf or less commonly Alikuluf \ ¦a-​lə-​kə-​¦lüf , ¦ä-​ \
plural Alacaluf or Alacalufs or Alakaluf or Alakalufs

Definition of Alacaluf

1a : a people of Tierra del Fuego
b : a member of such people
2 : a language of the Alacaluf people

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First Known Use of Alacaluf

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Alacaluf

Spanish & Yahgan; Spanish alacaluf, probably from Yahgan (Innalum) Aala Kaluf, literally, western men with mussel-shell knives

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“Alacaluf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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