1A member of an indigenous South American people living mainly in coastal regions of French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, and Venezuela.
- Amerindian groups include the Caribs, the Arawaks, and the Warraus.
- The islands were originally inhabited by the Arawaks, Caribs, and other Amerindians.
- In the pre-Columbian period, Arawaks and later Caribs moved to the region from coastal South America.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Caribs, the only member of the Cariban family of languages still spoken by a substantial number of people (around 20,000). Also called Galibi.
- Black Caribs are descendants of freed black slaves and Carib Indians, and speak a language related to Carib.
- For a time, Arawak was spoken primarily or exclusively by women and children, while adult men spoke Carib.
- All of the interior Amerindians originally spoke Carib languages, with the exception of the Wapisiana, whose language is in the Arawak linguistic family.
1Relating to the Caribs or their language.
- The last fluent speaker of the Carib language reportedly died in the 1920s, although efforts are now being made to revive that language.
- The native language of the Garifuna (called Garifuna or Garinagu) comes from the Arawak and Carib languages of their island ancestors.
- The practice of smoking tobacco came from the native American Indians and the Carib Indians of Tobago.
1.1Relating to Island Carib or Black Carib.
- Carib is spoken along the Caribbean coast by the Garifunas, or Black Caribs, the descendants of fugitive slaves and Carib Indians.
- The warlike Carib people drove the Arawaks from neighboring islands but apparently did not settle on either Antigua or Barbuda.
- The locals sometimes call the main island ‘Hairoun,’ its Carib name.
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