Carib

noun
Car·ib | \ˈka-rəb \

Definition of Carib 

1 : a member of an Indian people of northern South America and the Lesser Antilles

2 : the language of the Caribs

First Known Use of Carib

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Carib

New Latin Caribes (plural), from Spanish Caribe, of Cariban origin — more at cannibal

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The first known use of Carib was in 1555

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