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1A member of a people living mainly in mountain valleys in Sikkim, western Bhutan, and parts of Nepal and West Bengal.
- ‘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.’
2mass noun The Tibeto-Burman language of the Lepcha, with over 50,000 speakers.
Relating to the Lepcha or their language.
- ‘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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