Chemehuevi

noun

Chem·​e·​hue·​vi
ˌcheməˈwāvē
plural Chemehuevi or Chemehuevis
1
a
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chemehuevi. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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