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1A member of an Apache people of northern New Mexico.
- ‘Later materials include one rim sherd from a Jicarilla micaceous-ware vessel that dates to roughly A.D.1720-1750 and Euroamerican items.’
- ‘Nonetheless some Apaches, notably the Jicarillas, became friends and allies of the Spanish.’
- ‘My mother is half Puerto Rican - her father was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and her mother was born in Taos, New Mexico on the Jicarilla Apache reservation.’
2mass noun The Athabaskan language of the Jicarilla.
- ‘The last thousand speakers of Jicarilla Apache have such concern over the loss of their language that some are working with a University of New Mexico linguist to compile a dictionary.’
- ‘The Southwestern Athapascan language has seven dialects: Navajo, Western Apache, Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarilla, Lipan, and Kiowa-Apache.’
Relating to the Jicarilla or their language.
- ‘When the first Jicarilla tribal council was elected, ten of its 18 members were medicine men and five others were traditional leaders from chiefs' families.’
Mexican Spanish: diminutive of jicara, the fruit of the calabash tree, from Nahuatl.
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