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1A member of a South American people formerly inhabiting the Gran Chaco region of Argentina and Paraguay.
2The extinct Guaycuruan language of the Abipon.
Of or designating the Abipon or their language.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Atlas Geographus. From Spanish Abipón member of a South American people formerly inhabiting the Gran Chaco region of Argentina and Paraguay (although this is first attested slightly later: 1745, in plural form Abipones; compare post-classical Latin Abipones, plural, French Abipones, plural), of unknown origin. With the use as adjective compare Spanish abipón of or relating to the Abipon.
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