Jicarilla definition

hēkə-rēyə, -rēlyə
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A member of an Apache tribe formerly inhabiting southeast Colorado and northern New Mexico and ranging eastward to the Great Plains, with a present-day population in northern New Mexico.
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Origin of jicarilla

  • American Spanish (Apaches de la) Jicarilla (Apaches of the) Jicarilla probably diminutive of jícara chocolate-cup (from the shape of a local hill) perhaps from Nahuatl xicalli gourd, drinking vessel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition