Definition of Lepcha in English:

Lepcha

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛptʃə
 
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noun (plural same or Lepchas)

  • 1A member of a people living mainly in mountain valleys in Sikkim, western Bhutan, and parts of Nepal and West Bengal.
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    • Sikkim's original inhabitants, the Lepchas, are believed to have settled there from Mongolia.
    • Bhutias, Lepchas and Nepalese are the original Sikkimese but now you will find there a number of other tribes and groups.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha, with over 50,000 speakers.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Lepcha or their language.
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    • An ethnographic study was commissioned to study the project's impacts on North Sikkim and on the Lepcha community, the original inhabitants of Sikkim with a distinct cultural and traditional community life.

Origin

from Nepali lāpche.

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