Definition of Zuni in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈzuːni
(also Zuñi /ˈzuːɲi/)

noun (plural same or Zunis)

  • 1A member of a Pueblo Indian people of western New Mexico.
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    • They like to be called what they are - Utes, Hopis, Zunis - and collectively, they answer to ‘first people’.
    • Kirk Bemis, the Zunis ' hydrologist, says that the appropriate studies on these other aquifers have yet to be done.
    • She makes her living as an itinerant folksinger whose songs become her means of trying to claim an identity for herself as a Zuni.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Zuni, with about 3,000 speakers.
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    • He curses at him in Zuñi and spits on the ground, as he has seen Popé do.


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  • Relating to the Zuni or their language.
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    • She furthered Hopi and Zuni art in the Southwest, working in ceramics and silver.
    • Logan had learned this tract was mistakenly omitted from the government's official demarcation of Zuni boundaries five years earlier.
    • It seems he was given to going around in Zuni costume, but, his rivals complained, it was not strictly authentic.

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