also Araucan noun Etymology: Spanish araucano, from Arauco, former province in Chile Date: 1788 1. a member of a group of Indian peoples of south central Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina 2. the language of the Araucanian people that constitutes an independent language family • Araucanian adjective

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  • Araucanian — or Araucan [ə rô′kənar΄ô kā′nē ən, ə rô΄kā′nē ən] n. [< Sp Araucano, after Arauco, region (now a province) in Chile < Araucanian rau, clay + ko, water] 1. a member of a group of South American Indian peoples of Chile and the Argentine… …   English World dictionary

  • Araucanian — /ar aw kay nee euhn/, n. 1. a member of an Indian people of central Chile. 2. the language of the Araucanians, spoken in central Chile and northern Argentina. adj. 3. pertaining to the Araucanians or to their language. [1900 05; ARAUCANI(A) + AN] …   Universalium

  • Araucanian — 1. noun a) Mapuche b) Mapudungun 2. adjective a) Mapuche b) Mapudungun language …   Wiktionary

  • Araucanian — [ˌarɔ: keɪnɪən] noun 1》 a member of a group of American Indian peoples of Chile and parts of Argentina. 2》 the language of the Araucanians. adjective relating to the Araucanians or their language. Origin from Sp. Araucania, a region in Chile …   English new terms dictionary

  • araucanian — arau·ca·nian …   English syllables

  • Araucanian — Ar•au•ca•ni•an [[t]ˌær ɔˈkeɪ ni ən[/t]] n. 1) peo a member of an American Indian people of S central Chile and adjacent areas of Argentina 2) peo the language of the Araucanians • Etymology: 1900–05 …   From formal English to slang

  • Araucanian — /ærɔˈkeɪniən/ (say araw kayneeuhn) noun 1. one of an indigenous South American people, in central Chile. 2. a linguistic stock of Chile and northern Argentina. –adjective 3. of or relating to this people or their linguistic stock …   Australian English dictionary

  • araucanian — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Araucanian Indians —    The gods of this tribe of South American Indians included Aka Kanet, Epunamun, Cuccubu, and Pilan …   Who’s Who in non-classical mythology

  • Caupolicán — ▪ Araucanian chief also spelled  Quepolicán   born 16th century, Palmaiquén, Chile died 1558, Cañete       Mapuche chief and a leader of the Indian resistance to the Spanish invaders of Chile.       With the assistance of Lautaro, another Mapuche …   Universalium

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