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Beothuk Syllabification: Be·o·thuk
Pronunciation: /ˈbāəˌTHo͝ok/

Definition of Beothuk in English:

noun (plural same or Beothuks)

1A member of an extinct North American Indian people of Newfoundland.
Example sentences
  • Together with this, the Beothuks sometimes wore Caribou-skin leggings, arm coverings and moccasins.
  • Increasingly, the Beothuks were forced to try to live on the inadequate resources of the interior.
  • There are no Beothuks left in any part of the world now that we know of, but there are Indians.
2The language of the Beothuk, of unknown affinity.
Example sentences
  • Quite singular is the case of a man of unknown nationality who had learned to speak Beothuk "very well."
  • It once had a dialect of Irish known as Newfoundland Irish, as well as an Amerindian language, Beothuk.


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Relating to the Beothuk or their language.
Example sentences
  • The story of an exiled Beothuk woman also plays a central part in his second book of poems.
  • The Native people's lives changed dramatically with the arrival of the Europeans, including the lives of the Beothuk people, who were killed by ‘white ‘diseases or hunted to extinction by Europeans and their Indian allies.’
  • The author examines rarefied relics like a Beothuk pendant and an anti-Confederation poster from 1940s Newfoundland to recount the most crucial chapters in Canada's ongoing narrative.


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