Araucanian

noun
Arau·​ca·​ni·​an | \ ə-ˌrau̇-ˈkä-nē-ən How to pronounce Araucanian (audio) , ˌa-ˌrȯ-ˈkā- How to pronounce Araucanian (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Araucan \ ə-​ˈrau̇-​kən How to pronounce Araucan (audio) \

Definition of Araucanian

1 : a member of a group of Indian peoples of south central Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina
2 : the language of the Araucanian people that constitutes an independent language family

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Araucanian adjective

First Known Use of Araucanian

1777, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Araucanian

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

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“Araucanian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Araucanian. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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