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Carib

[kar-ib] /ˈkær ɪb/
noun, plural Caribs (especially collectively) Carib. for 1.
1.
a member of a group of Indian peoples formerly dominant through the Lesser Antilles, now found in small numbers in a few areas of the West Indies and in parts of Central America and northeastern South America.
2.
the family of languages spoken by the Caribs.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish caribe < Arawak
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Carib

/ˈkærɪb/
noun
1.
(pl) -ibs, -ib. a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles
2.
the family of languages spoken by these peoples
Derived Forms
Cariban, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak
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Word Origin and History for Carib
n.

1550s, from Spanish Caribe, from Arawakan kalingo or kalino, said to mean "brave ones" or else "strong men." As an adjective by 1881.

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