Definition of Chibcha in English:

Chibcha

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪbtʃə
 
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noun (plural same or Chibchas)

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of Colombia whose ancient civilization was destroyed by Europeans.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The extinct Chibchan language of the Chibcha.
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    • There are still twenty-five surviving indigenous languages belonging to three linguistic families: Caribans, Arawak, and Chibcha.

Origin

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

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