variants or Alakaluf or less commonly Alikuluf
plural Alacaluf or Alacalufs or Alakaluf or Alakalufs
: a people of Tierra del Fuego
: a member of such people
: a language of the Alacaluf people

Word History


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

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Alacaluf was in 1883

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“Alacaluf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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