Ya·​qui ˈyä-kē How to pronounce Yaqui (audio)
plural Yaqui also Yaquis : a member of an Indigenous people originally of southern Sonora, Mexico and now residing mainly in Sonora and southern Arizona
: the Uto-Aztecan language of the Yaqui people

Word History


Mexican Spanish, alteration of earlier hiaqui, probably from Yaqui hiyaki, the Yaqui River

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Yaqui was in 1829

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“Yaqui.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yaqui. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ya·​quí yä-ˈkē How to pronounce Yaquí (audio)
river 420 miles (676 kilometers) long in the state of Sonora, northwestern Mexico, flowing southwest into the Gulf of California

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