Definition of Papago in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpapəgəʊ
, ˈpɑː-/

noun (plural same or Papagos)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people of the south-western US and northern Mexico.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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