variants or less commonly Araucan
: a member of a group of Indian peoples of south central Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina
: the language of the Araucanian people that constitutes an independent language family
Araucanian adjective

Word History


Spanish araucano (from Arauco, earlier Rauco, Mapuche "province" of 16th-century Chile + -ano -an entry 1) + -ian

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Araucanian was in 1777

Dictionary Entries Near Araucanian

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“Araucanian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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