Gi·​le·​ño | \ gə̇ˈlān(ˌ)yō \
plural Gileño or Gileños

Definition of Gileño

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

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History and Etymology for Gileño

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

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“Gileño.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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