Definition of Jivaro in English:


Line breaks: Ji¦varo
Pronunciation: /ˈhiːvərəʊ

noun (plural same or Jivaros)

  • 1A member of an indigenous people living widely scattered throughout the Amazon jungle.
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    • In his piece he discussed his research trips to the Jivaros, an Amazonian tribe in Ecuador.
    • Gift-giving is also important among the Jivaro.
    • Harner's book ‘Way of the Shaman’ is a good read though, and the Jivaro journeying method is a useful technique to experiment with.
  • 2 [mass noun] Any of the group of languages spoken by the Jivaro.


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  • Relating to the Jivaro or their language.
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    • Dogs hold a privileged position in Jivaro households.
    • Next to him is a quite authentic Jivaro blow-gun originating with the people who used to make fully functional shrunken heads.
    • In contrast, consider the Jivaro peoples of Peru / Ecuador.



adjective & noun
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  • The Jivaro speak Jivaroan, which has many dialects.


from Spanish jíbaro, probably from the local name Shuara, Shiwora.

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