Definition of Lepcha in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlepCHə/


1A member of a people living mainly in mountain valleys in the Indian state of Sikkim, western Bhutan, and parts of Nepal and West Bengal.
Example sentences
  • Sikkim's original inhabitants, the Lepchas, are believed to have settled there from Mongolia.
  • Bhutias, Lepchas and Nepalese are the original Sikkimese but now you will find there a number of other tribes and groups.
2The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha.


Relating to the Lepchas or their language.
Example sentences
  • An ethnographic study was commissioned to study the project's impacts on North Sikkim and on the Lepcha community, the original inhabitants of Sikkim with a distinct cultural and traditional community life.


From Nepali lāpche.

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Syllabification: Lep·cha

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