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Zuni

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Pronunciation: /ˈzuːni
 
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(also Zuñi /ˈzuːɲi/)

Definition of Zuni in English:

noun (plural same or Zunis)

1A member of a Pueblo Indian people of western New Mexico.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • He curses at him in Zuñi and spits on the ground, as he has seen Popé do.

adjective

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Relating to the Zuni or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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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