Chukchi

noun
Chuk·​chi | \ ˈchu̇k-ˌchē How to pronounce Chukchi (audio) \
plural Chukchi or Chukchis

Definition of Chukchi

1 : a member of a Siberian people inhabiting the Chukchi Peninsula
2 : the language of the Chukchi people

First Known Use of Chukchi

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Chukchi

Russian chukcha (plural chukchi), probably ultimately from Chukchi čavčəv reindeer breeder

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“Chukchi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chukchi. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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