Definition of Jivaro in English:


Syllabification: Ji·va·ro
Pronunciation: /ˈhēvəˌrō

noun (plural same or Jivaros)

1A member of an indigenous people of the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru.
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  • In his piece he discussed his research trips to the Jivaros, an Amazonian tribe in Ecuador.
  • Gift-giving is also important among the Jivaro.
  • Harner's book ‘Way of the Shaman’ is a good read though, and the Jivaro journeying method is a useful technique to experiment with.
2Any of the group of languages spoken by the Jivaro.


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Relating to the Jivaro or their language.
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  • Dogs hold a privileged position in Jivaro households.
  • Next to him is a quite authentic Jivaro blow-gun originating with the people who used to make fully functional shrunken heads.
  • In contrast, consider the Jivaro peoples of Peru / Ecuador.


from Spanish jíbaro, probably from the local name Shuara, Shiwora.



Pronunciation: /ˌhēvəˈrōən/
adjective& .noun
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  • The Jivaro speak Jivaroan, which has many dialects.

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