Definition of Papago in English:
noun (plural same or Papagos)
1A member of an American Indian people of the south-western US and northern Mexico.
- For the Navajo, Hopi, Papago and other Native Americans already living in the Southwest, the land was sacred.
- The world first came knocking in the 17th century, with Spanish explorers who labeled them the Papago, roughly translated as ‘bean eaters.’
- Reconstructed traditional houses of the Apache, Maricopa, Papago, and Pima are on display at the Gila River Arts and Crafts Museum in Sacaton, Arizona, south of Phoenix.
2 [mass noun] The Uto-Aztecan language of the Papago, a form of Pima with around 10,000 speakers.
- Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) is spoken in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.
- Informally, our proposal is that while English has only one form of plurality, Papago has two: one based on identity and the other on equivalence.
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Relating to the Papago or their language.
- Here, Jesuits sought to settle, or ‘reduce, ‘the seminomadic Pima and Papago people to an agropastoralist mode.’
- The lands of the Tohono O'Odham, or Papago, people are divided into two areas, each the approximate size of Connecticut, on both sides of the border.
- I have spent some time on the Pima/Papago language of central Arizona. One advantage of these native languages is the vocabulary is fairly limited - terms for most modern things from the western world have been borrowed.
via Spanish from an American Indian word.
Definition of Papago in:
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