Definition of Yanomami in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjanəˌmɑːmi/
(also Yanomamö /ˈjanəˌmɑːməʊ/)

noun (plural same)

1A member of an indigenous people living mainly in the forests of southern Venezuela and northern Brazil.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • It was French anthropologist Bruce Albert, one of the few to speak Yanomami, who provided definitive evidence that 13 Indians had been killed.


Relating to the Yanomami or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with Yanomami

army, balmy, barmy, gourami, macramé, origami, palmy, pastrami, salami, smarmy, swami, tsunami

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Line breaks: Yano|mami

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