A member of an Arawak people of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas whose culture was destroyed by genocide, epidemics, and assimilation under Spanish colonization in the early 1500s.
The language of this people.
A member of an aboriginal Indian people of the West Indies, extinct since the 16th cent.
The Arawakan language of this people.
Origin of taino
- Spanish of American Indian origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition