from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of Carib.
- n. A language family comprising the Carib languages.
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- adj. Of, or pertaining to languages of the Cariban family.
- adj. Relating to the Carib peoples.
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In case you're interested, peccary is in the words of Webster's Third New International "of Cariban origin; akin to Chayma paquera, Apalai pakira."
Central America, and the West Indies were about twenty-five in number, as given below, those marked with an asterisk being also extra-limital: * Athapascan (Chihuahua etc.); * Cariban (Honduras and the islands); Chiapanecan (Oaxaca); Huavean (Oaxaca); Lencan
Practically the whole of the West Indies were occupied by tribes of two linguistic stocks, the earlier of the Arawakan origin, the more recent being Cariban invaders from the northern coast of South
A formerly important tribe of Cariban linguistic stock occupying the territory about the Cuchivero River, a tributary of the lower
Webster 3 says it is "of Cariban origin akin to Galibi tumali sauce of lobster and crab livers."
Cariban: spoken by a group of peoples of northern South America, the Lesser Antilles and the Caribbean coast of Honduras, Guatemala, and British Honduras.
(Galibi) reptiles: arrau (Maipure), jacare (Tupí), matamata (Tupí) insects: chigoe (Cariban), sauba (Tupi), pinacate (Nahuatl) beverages: cassiri (Carib), guarana (Tupí), sotol (Nahuatl)
Pian (Tupí-Guaraní) and yaws (Cariban) are names of diseases; mitote (Nahuatl), paixtle (Nahuatl), and rutuburi (Tarahumara) are names of dances; and hurricane
The top spot is taken by tania, a plant name which entered English via French (the origin is obscure; it may be Arawakan, Cariban, or Tupí, for which MW3 also gives the variants tanier, tannier, tannia, tanya, and tanyah.