Chumash

noun
Chu·mash | \ˈchü-ˌmash \
plural Chumash

Definition of Chumash 

1 : a member of an American Indian people of southwestern California

2 : the family of languages spoken by the Chumash people

First Known Use of Chumash

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Chumash

from Tcú-mac, name in a coastal Chumash language for the inhabitants of Santa Rosa Island

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