One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an indigenous people living widely scattered throughout the Amazon jungle.
- ‘Harner's book ‘Way of the Shaman’ is a good read though, and the Jivaro journeying method is a useful technique to experiment with.’
- ‘Gift-giving is also important among the Jivaro.’
- ‘You know, the Jivaro believe that once they shrink their enemy's heads, the soul is trapped inside it.’
- ‘These native peoples, including the Jivaro and the Waoroni, speak languages that are unrelated to Quechua.’
- ‘In his piece he discussed his research trips to the Jivaros, an Amazonian tribe in Ecuador.’
- ‘The Jivaro have medicinal plants desired by the multinational Monsanto-Searle.’
- ‘The Jivaro offer an interesting model, aside from the cannibalism.’
2mass noun Any of the group of languages spoken by the Jivaro.
Relating to the Jivaro or their language.
- ‘In contrast, consider the Jivaro peoples of Peru / Ecuador.’
- ‘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.’
From Spanish jíbaro, probably from the local name Shuara, Shiwora.
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