Definition of Jivaro in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhiːvərəʊ/

noun (plural same or Jivaros)

1A member of an indigenous people living widely scattered throughout the Amazon jungle.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] Any of the group of languages spoken by the Jivaro.


Relating to the Jivaro or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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.



adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The Jivaro speak Jivaroan, which has many dialects.


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

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