American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Native American culture flourishing in southern Colorado and Utah and northern New Mexico and Arizona from about A.D. 100, whose descendants are considered to include the present-day Pueblo peoples. Anasazi culture includes an early Basket Maker phase and a later Pueblo phase marked by the construction of cliff dwellings and by expert artisanship in weaving and pottery.
- n. A member of a people sharing this culture.
- n. Any of a Native American people who once lived in cliff-dwellings in Utah and Colorado.
- n. The language once spoken by these people.
- n. a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings
- From Navajo anaasází ("enemy ancestors, ancient enemy"), from anaaʼí ("enemy") + bizází ("their ancestors") (Wiktionary)
- Navajo anaasází, from anaa' bizází, enemy's ancestors : anaa', enemy + bizází, ancestors. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thanks to its near-perfect location a block from the Plaza and its seamless service, the Anasazi is an ideal home base.”
“As a result, the glory of Rome or the magesty of the Anasazi is probably cooler in my imagination than it looked in real life.”
“(Apparently it finally registered on someone that using a term coined by the culture's bitter rivals -- Anasazi is a Navajo term for "ancient enemies" -- was not exactly appropriate.)”
“Anasazi" is a Navajo word best translated as "the ancient ones.”
“The Spaniards, on arriving in the area some 400 years ago, met the Pueblo people who live in New Mexico still, but before the Pueblos came the people long called the Anasazi, but now known simply as the Ancestral Pueblo people.”
“Are you trying to tell me the Anasazi were the original Village People?”
“It's called Anasazi soup and I will happily share the recipe.”
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