Chumash

noun
Chu·​mash | \ ˈchü-ˌmash How to pronounce Chumash (audio) \
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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Cite this Entry

“Chumash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chumash. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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