Arawak

noun Ar·a·wak \ ˈa-rə-ˌwäk , -ˌwak \

Definition of Arawak

plural Arawak or Arawaks
1 :a member of an Indian people of the Arawakan group now living chiefly along the coast of Guyana
2 :the language of the Arawak people

Origin and Etymology of arawak

earlier Arwaca, Aroaca, an Arawak subgroup of 16th century Trinidad, perhaps from an Arawak name for the subgroup


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