Chem·​e·​hue·​vi | \ ˌcheməˈwāvē \
plural Chemehuevi or Chemehuevis

Definition of Chemehuevi

1a : a Shoshonean people resident in the lower Colorado river valley and adjacent parts of California in the nineteenth century
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Chemehuevi people

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History and Etymology for Chemehuevi

borrowed from American Spanish, earlier (18th-century) Chemebet, Chemeguaba, Chemegué, probably borrowed from a name for the Chemehuevi in a Yuman language, as modern Havasupai čmwav, Quechan (Yuma) camawé·v

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“Chemehuevi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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