Definition of Chiricahua in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌCHirəˈkäwə/


1A member of an Apache people, formerly located in southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico, now living primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Example sentences
  • Daklugie suffered all the ignominies heaped upon the Chiricahuas after they were exiled to Florida.
  • Among the Chiricahuas and the Western Apaches local groups comprised loose confederations called bands.
  • For further information regarding the dealings of the Chiricahua with the Government, see Apache.
2The Athabaskan language of the Chiricahua.
Example sentences
  • Many of the stories appearing in this volume were recorded and transcribed in the Chiricahua language by Harry Hoijer, a noted linguist who studied southern Athapaskan languages.
  • When I was in sheep camp, I listened closely and it seemed to me that it was talking the Chiricahua language.
  • Only 300 people are still fluent in the Chiricahua language.


Relating to the Chiricahua or their language.
Example sentences
  • Also they are reaching out to the non-Indian community to educate them about Chiricahua philosophy.
  • In his context, modern Chiricahua settlement patterns now indicate a reassertion of traditional Chiricahua spatial patterns.

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Syllabification: Chir·i·ca·hua

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