Araucanian[ar′ô kā′nē ən, ə rô′-]
- a member of a group of South American Indian peoples of Chile and the Argentine pampas
- the language of these peoples
Origin: ; from Spanish Araucano, after Arauco, region (now a province) inch(es) Chile ; from Araucanian rau, clay plush ko, water
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- A member of a widespread group of South American Indian peoples of south-central Chile and the western pampas of Argentina, including the Mapuche.
- The family of languages spoken by the Araucanians.
Origin: Spanish araucano, from Arauco, a former region of southern Chile.