cliff dweller

noun

Definition of cliff dweller 

1 often capitalized C&D

a : a member of a prehistoric American Indian people of the southwestern U.S. who built their homes on rock ledges or in the natural recesses of canyon walls and cliffs

b : a member of any cliff-dwelling people

2 : a resident of a large usually metropolitan apartment building

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cliff dwelling noun

First Known Use of cliff dweller

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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clies

cliff

cliff brake

cliff dweller

cliffed

cliff-green

cliff-hang

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