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Araucanian

[ar-aw-key-nee-uh n] /ˌær ɔˈkeɪ ni ən/
noun
1.
a member of an Indian people of central Chile.
2.
the language of the Araucanians, spoken in central Chile and northern Argentina.
adjective
3.
pertaining to the Araucanians or to their language.
Origin of Araucanian
1900-1905
1900-05; Araucani(a) + -an
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  • Jos, the portero accompanying them, was an Araucanian Indian by birth, but he spoke Spanish fluently.

  • The Araucanian pressed his hand, and sat down silently by his side.

    The Gold-Seekers Gustave Aimard
  • It was in the neighbourhood of the Biobio River that he first encountered the Araucanian warriors of the true stock.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • But, since they spoke Araucanian, his Spanish served him as little as Hebrew.

  • He even learned that his name was Thalcave, a word which signifies in Araucanian "the thunderer."

  • Villagran, returning to the capital with reinforcements, found the investing Araucanian army in a totally unprepared condition.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • They asked the Chilian government to let them evangelize the fierce Araucanian savages, but this was refused.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Arauco, a province of Chile, named from the Araucanian Indians; area, 2189 sq. miles; pop.

  • Lautaro himself, the flower of the Araucanian warriors, perished in the ensuing struggle.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • A hundred miles south of the city he came in sight of the Araucanian army.

British Dictionary definitions for Araucanian

Araucanian

/ˌærɔːˈkeɪnɪən/
noun
1.
a South American Indian language; thought to be an isolated branch of the Penutian phylum, spoken in Chile and W Argentina
2.
a member of the people who speak this language
adjective
3.
of or relating to this people or their language
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