One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an indigenous people of the eastern slopes of the Andes in Ecuador and Peru.
- ‘These native peoples, including the Jivaro and the Waoroni, speak languages that are unrelated to Quechua.’
- ‘In his piece he discussed his research trips to the Jivaros, an Amazonian tribe in Ecuador.’
- ‘The Jivaro have medicinal plants desired by the multinational Monsanto-Searle.’
- ‘Harner's book ‘Way of the Shaman’ is a good read though, and the Jivaro journeying method is a useful technique to experiment with.’
- ‘The Jivaro offer an interesting model, aside from the cannibalism.’
- ‘Gift-giving is also important among the Jivaro.’
- ‘You know, the Jivaro believe that once they shrink their enemy's heads, the soul is trapped inside it.’
2Any of the group of languages spoken by the Jivaro.
Relating to the Jivaro or their language.
- ‘In contrast, consider the Jivaro peoples of Peru / Ecuador.’
- ‘Dogs hold a privileged position in Jivaro households.’
- ‘Next to him is a quite authentic Jivaro blow-gun originating with the people who used to make fully functional shrunken heads.’
From Spanish jíbaro, probably from the local name Shuara, Shiwora.
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