Definition of Chukchi in English:

Chukchi

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃʊktʃiː
 
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noun (plural same or Chukchis)

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of extreme NE Siberia.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Chukchi, which belongs to a small family also including Koryak.
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    • 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.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Chukchi or their language.
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    • 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.

Origin

Russian (plural).

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