One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the region or island of Okinawa, its people, or their dialect.
1A native or inhabitant of Okinawa, a region of Japan in the southern Ryukyu Islands, especially of the largest of the islands, from which the region takes its name.
2The dialect of Ryukyuan spoken in Okinawa.
1940s; earliest use found in Monumenta Nipponica. From the name of Okinawa (Japanese Okinawa: see note; Japanese regional (Okinawan) Uchinā), a Prefecture of Japan comprising most of the Ryukyu islands, and also the name of the largest of these islands, and of its second largest town + -an.
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