Definition of Chukchi in English:
noun (plural same or Chukchis)
1A member of an indigenous people of extreme northeastern Siberia.
- The trek, by the way, was to meet the Chukchis in Siberia, who live the way their ancestors did 20,000 years ago.
- Competitions of these types are often performed following the reindeer sacrifices of the inland Chukchi and the sea-spirit sacrifices of the coastal Chukchi.
- The Chukchi regularly take about 140 whales a year for local consumption, and the Makah are allowed up to five.
2The language of the Chukchi, which belongs to a small, isolated language family.
- Since the 1950s, the most famous Chukchi writer has been Yuri Rytkheu, whose poems, novels, and short stories are written in both Chukchi and Russian.
- According to the Russian Census of 2002, about 7,700 of the 15,700 Chukchi people speak Chukchi; knowledge of the Chukchi language is decreasing, and most Chukchis now speak the Russian language
- For some, Russian is their first language, but the majority of Chukchis still consider Chukchi their native language, and it can be heard spoken in tundra and city alike.
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Relating to the Chukchi or their language.
- He has traveled the world, collecting blood samples from people of far-flung cultures: Aborigines in Australia, the Chukchi tundra dwellers of Siberia, farmers in the hills of Afghanistan, and nomads in the deserts of Africa.
- The Siberian Husky was bred by the nomadic Chukchi tribes of Northeast Asia.
- In the 1960s and 1970s, the Soviet government abolished many native settlements, dispersed their former inhabitants, and made Russian the language of instruction in Chukchi schools.
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