noun (plural same or Arapahos)
1A member of a North American Indian people living chiefly on the Great Plains, especially in Wyoming.
- Beginning in 1856, Oglalas, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and a few people from other Lakota tribes waged an all-out war on the Crows.
- As for the western Indians, such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahos, American settlers went around them to settle the California and Oregon.
- Living on the High Plains had barely become comfortable for the Cheyennes and Arapahos when that life was interrupted by the great rush of Colorado gold seekers.
2 [mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Arapaho, now almost extinct.
- Arapaho is a tonal language.
- The Arapaho language has changed rapidly over the centuries, and does not closely resemble other Algonquian languages in many ways.
- No children are currently learning Arapaho as a first language spoken in the home.
Relating to the Arapaho or their language.
- In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as ‘those that fly.’
- Custer's Crow scouts reported the encampment of more than two thousand Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors that extended for four miles along the Little Bighorn River.
- On December 21, 1866, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors attacked a wood cutting party outside the Fort.
From Crow alappahó, literally 'many tattoo marks'.
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