Definition of Pomo in English:



  • 1A member of a North American people of northern California.

    • ‘At least one tribe, the Pomo, decorated their baskets with local seashells and feathers.’
    • ‘Rohnert Park residents recently used that false complaint against the 600 Miwoks and Pomos of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, who are trying to build a casino just outside the city.’
    • ‘Her grandparents lived in a complex biocultural mosaic, from the Alutiq and Tlingt to the north to the Pomo and Wappo to the south.’
  • 2mass noun Any of the languages of the Pomo.

    • ‘On the other hand, the use of DS markers to register the same subject has been reported for Choctaw, Northern Pomo, and Yuma.’
    • ‘This seems to be the interpretative strategy which is actually at work in Eastern Pomo, Lenakel, and Amele, as mentioned above.’


  • Relating to the Pomo or their languages.

    • ‘She said that she was incarcerated because she was addicted to alcohol and drugs, because she was a survivor of domestic violence and incest and for being a Pomo and Yokuts woman.’
    • ‘Lawmakers can now put off until December or January consideration of the deal with the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians that would have allowed 2,500 slot machines at the proposed San Pablo casino.’
    • ‘Two hundred years ago this country supported huge grizzlies, Tule elk, and Wappo and Pomo Indians - all driven out by the Spanish missionaries and ranchers and their Anglo successors in the mid-19th century.’
    • ‘The area was originally home to Pomo and Miwok Indians, with the river as a border between territories.’
    • ‘Watch for the glint of an obsidian arrowhead, a reminder that Pomo Indians once lived and hunted here.’


From Northern Pomo phōmō phóʔmaʔ, literally ‘dweller at the red earth hole’.