Araucanian

noun Arau·ca·ni·an \ ə-ˌrau̇-ˈkä-nē-ən , ˌa-ˌrȯ-ˈkā- \
variants: or less commonly Araucan play \ə-ˈrau̇-kən\

Definition of Araucanian

1 : a member of a group of Indian peoples of south central Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina
2 : the language of the Araucanian people that constitutes an independent language family

Araucanian

adjective

Origin and Etymology of araucanian

Spanish araucano (from Arauco, earlier Rauco, Mapuche "province" of 16th-century Chile + -ano 1-an) + -ian


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