Ya·​no·​ma·​mi | \ ˌyä-nō-ˈmä-mē How to pronounce Yanomami (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Yanomamo \ ˌyä-​nō-​ˈmä-​mō How to pronounce Yanomamo (audio) \ or Yanomama \ ˌyä-​nō-​ˈmä-​mə How to pronounce Yanomama (audio) \
plural Yanomami also Yanomamis or Yanomamo or Yanomama

Definition of Yanomami

1 : an indigenous people inhabiting the rain forests of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil also : a member of the Yanomami people
2 : the family of four closely related languages spoken by the Yanomami

First Known Use of Yanomami

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Yanomami

Yanomamɨ (language of the western Yanomami) yanomamɨ, a self-designation

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Cite this Entry

“Yanomami.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yanomami. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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