Chamorro

Chamorro

[chuh-mawr-oh; Spanish chah-mawr-raw]
noun, plural Chamorros [chuh-mawr-ohz; Spanish chah-mawr-raws] . (especially collectively) Chamorro for 1.
1.
a people inhabiting the Mariana Islands.
2.
the Austronesian language of the Chamorro.
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Chamorro
indigenous people of Guam and the Marianas Islands, from Sp. Chamorro, lit. "shorn, shaven, bald." Supposedly because the men shaved their heads, but the name also has been connected to native Chamoru, said to mean "noble," so perhaps Chamorro is a Sp. folk etymology.
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