Definition of Chibcha in English:

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Chibcha

Pronunciation: /ˈCHibCHə/

noun (plural same)

1A member of an indigenous people of Colombia whose well-developed political structure was destroyed by Europeans.
Example sentences
  • The original inhabitants of the great plateaus of the Andean highlands in central Colombia were known as Chibchas.
  • The Chibchas, who lived in the Bogotá region, were the largest indigenous group.
  • Among the more ghoulish ancient usages were those by the Chibcha Indians of Colombia.
2The extinct Chibchan language of the Chibcha.
Example sentences
  • There are still twenty-five surviving indigenous languages belonging to three linguistic families: Caribans, Arawak, and Chibcha.

adjective

Relating to the Chibcha or their language.

Origin

American Spanish, from Chibcha zipa 'chief, hereditary leader'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Chib·cha

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