One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a Carib people inhabiting parts of Guyana, especially in the upper Mazaruni river region.
2The Carib language of the Akawaio.
Of, relating to, or designating the Akawaio or their language.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Bancroft (1744–1821), chemist and spy. Apparently ultimately from Akawaio kawai tobacco juice, potion drunk by shamans. With the some forms compare Spanish akawaio, akawoio.
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