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Tehuelche

[tuh-wel-chee, -chey] /təˈwɛl tʃi, -tʃeɪ/
noun, plural Tehuelches (especially collectively) Tehuelche for 1.
1.
a member of an Indian people of Patagonia.
2.
the language of these people.
Origin of Tehuelche
< Araucanian cheu(ù)lche, said to mean literally “fearless and elusive”
Related forms
Tehuelchean, adjective
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  • He was, although dwelling in the tents of the Tehuelches, not a Tehuelche.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • All the work of Tehuelche existence is done by them except hunting.

    Across Patagonia Lady Florence Dixie
  • Human nature under the frock-coat of civilisation is much the same as under the capa of the Tehuelche.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • We reached Santa Cruz shortly after daybreak, and so ended my first experience of a Tehuelche merry-making.

    Wanderings in Patagonia Julius Beerbohm
  • But there is one estanciero in Patagonia who is the father of two buxom daughters by a Tehuelche wife.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • The weapons of the Tehuelche are like those of the gaucho—lassoes, bolas, and knives.

  • For it must be remembered that in all practical ways the Tehuelche is a very brave man.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • The Tehuelche year begins in September, and the lapse of it is noted by the position of Orion.

  • As the head of a family, the Tehuelche is kind and considerate to the woman and very affectionate to the children.

  • Although my bare legs got considerably stung, I forgot to swear in Tehuelche, and forgave the plant for old acquaintance sake.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters

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