Definition of Yanomami in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈjanəˌmɑːmi
(also Yanomamö /-ˌmɑːməʊ/)

noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of an indigenous people living mainly in the forests of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil.
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    • Well some Yanomami have said that they don't ever want to see Chagnon in their village again.
    • On a hunting trip, our Yanomami guides seemed nervous as we reached a sandy area in front of some rocks.
    • To this end, as Ginsburg notes, his last major project was devoted to teaching the Yanomami to make their own videos.
  • 2 [mass noun] Either of the two related languages of the Yanomami.
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    • It was French anthropologist Bruce Albert, one of the few to speak Yanomami, who provided definitive evidence that 13 Indians had been killed.


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  • Relating to the Yanomami or their language.
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    • In this significant book, Jan Rocha tells the story of the brutal massacre of Yanomami Indians in the Amazon rainforest by Brazilian garimpeiros (gold miners).
    • Patrick Tierney's latest book ‘Darkness in El Dorado’ presents compelling evidence linking the anthropologists and journalists who visited the area to the sudden downfall of Yanomami culture.
    • Even when not fighting, Yanomami leaders spent much of their time under the influence of hallucinogenic snuff, summoning up blood-curdling spirits to pursue their vendettas by magic.


the name in Yanomami, literally 'people'.

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