Chukchi

noun

Chuk·​chi ˈchu̇k-ˌchē How to pronounce Chukchi (audio)
plural Chukchi or Chukchis
1
: a member of a Siberian people inhabiting the Chukchi Peninsula
2
: the language of the Chukchi people

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Chukchi was in 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Chukchi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chukchi. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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