Miskito

noun

Mi·​ski·​to mi-ˈskē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Miskito (audio)
plural Miskito or Miskitos
1
: a member of an American Indian people of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua and Honduras
2
: the language of the Miskito people

Word History

Etymology

earlier Musketa, Moskita, from Spanish Mosquito, from Miskito mɨskito, probably a self-designation

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Miskito was in 1697

Dictionary Entries Near Miskito

Cite this Entry

“Miskito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Miskito. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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