Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of any of a group of Hokan-speaking Native American peoples formerly inhabiting the southern California coastal region around Santa Barbara and the northern Channel Islands, with a small present-day population near Santa Barbara.

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  • proper noun a native American tribe of southern California.
  • proper noun The language of the tribe.
  • proper noun Judaism any book of the Pentateuch
  • proper noun the Pentateuch collectively

Etymologies

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Ineseño čʰumaš, the Island Chumash people

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Hebrew חומש, from חמש, five

Examples

  • It has been called "the greatest invention of the California Indians," but whether the Chumash were the tomol's inventors is now being questioned.

    The Polynesian Connection

  • The Chumash were a highly intelligent and developed people.

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

  • Yiddish-accented Hebrew words and references to the "Chumash" (the bound version of the Torah, pronounced khoo-MASH) and "Halacha" (Jewish law, pronounced ha-la-KHAH).

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  • Yiddish-accented Hebrew words and references to the "Chumash" (the bound version of the Torah, pronounced khoo-MASH) and "Halacha" (Jewish law, pronounced ha-la-KHAH).

    NYT > Home Page

  • Yiddish-accented Hebrew words and references to the "Chumash" (the bound version of the Torah, pronounced khoo-MASH) and "Halacha" (Jewish law, pronounced ha-la-KHAH).

    NYT > Home Page

  • They will play a unique co-ed version of lacrosse called "Chumash" which has its roots in the Native American version of the "fastest game on two feet."

    The Union - All Categories

  • Over the weekend, we learned the art of wood fire grilling, its roots tied to the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Native Americans, using an adjustable ironwork grill brought by the Spanish to California in the 1800s.

    Jennifer Evans Gardner: Girl Meets Grill

  • Yes, maybe this year; it will feature five centuries of culinary history, touching upon everything from the Chumash Indians to the recent Test Kitchen and an opening of Rivera downtown.

    Jay Weston: Chef John Sedlar's Innovative Latin Food at Playa

  • Yes, maybe this year; it will feature five centuries of culinary history, touching upon everything from the Chumash Indians to the recent Test Kitchen and an opening of Rivera downtown.

    Jay Weston: Chef John Sedlar's Innovative Latin Food at Playa

  • Over the weekend, we learned the art of wood fire grilling, its roots tied to the Santa Ynez band of Chumash Native Americans, using an adjustable ironwork grill brought by the Spanish to California in the 1800s.

    Jennifer Evans Gardner: Girl Meets Grill

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