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n. pl. Arawakan or Ar·a·wa·kans
1. A member of a widespread group of Indian peoples living in an area of South America that includes parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Guiana, the Amazon basin of Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, and formerly most of the Greater Antilles.
2. A large language family of South and Central America, including Taíno, many other living and extinct languages of South America spoken by Arawakan peoples, and Garifuna.
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(Languages) a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America
(Peoples) of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages
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Ar•a•wak•an(ˌær əˈwɑ kən, -ˈwæk ən)
1. a family of American Indian languages spoken or formerly spoken in widely scattered areas of tropical lowland South America, from N Colombia to Bolivia, and formerly spoken in the Antilles and the Bahamas.adj.
2. of or pertaining to Arawakan or its speakers.
3. of or pertaining to the Arawaks.
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|Noun||1.||Arawakan - a member of a widespread group of Amerindians living in northeastern South America|
|2.||Arawakan - a family of South American Indian languages spoken in northeastern South America|
|Adj.||1.||Arawakan - of or relating to the peoples who speak the language of the Arawak|
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