Gileño

noun

Gi·​le·​ño
gə̇ˈlān(ˌ)yō
plural Gileño or Gileños
1
: a group of Athapaskan peoples comprising the Chiricahua, Mimbreño, Mogollon, and Warm Spring Apaches of the Gila river headwaters in New Mexico and Arizona
2
: a member of the Gileño peoples

Word History

Etymology

Spanish, from the Gila river + Spanish -eño (suffix added to place names to form names of inhabitants)

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“Gileño.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gile%C3%B1o. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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