Definition of Kuna in English:

Kuna

(also Cuna)

noun

  • 1A member of an American Indian people of the isthmus of Panama.

    • ‘The Kunas are generally thought to be the last pure-blooded Carib Indians who survived the Spanish Conquest.’
    • ‘We lived among the Kuna for five months, learned their customs, and miss them still.’
    • ‘Indeed, such transactions would be extremely complicated as currently the Cuna have no individual land titles.’
    • ‘The Cunas respect the different positions that family members hold, and greet each other accordingly.’
    • ‘As Kuna, we have lived more than 100 years on these lands, and now there is an intention to destroy the peace of our Indigenous communities.’
    • ‘The Kuna and only the Kuna have the power to restore the balance of their small corner of the world.’
    • ‘Severin also travels into the Central American rain forest to mingle with the Kuna.’
    • ‘The Kuna and their islands are undoubtedly vibrant, colorful, culturally rich and unforgettably hospitable.’
    • ‘Scientists from Harvard Medical School were intrigued to learn that the Kuna seem to have naturally low blood pressure.’
  • 2The Chibchan language of the Kuna.

adjective

  • Relating to the Kuna or their language.

    • ‘The incident began on January 26, 2003, during a coming-of-age ceremony in Paya, a Kuna village inside the park.’
    • ‘The Kuna Comarca of Wargandi had three Kuna communities and 1,061 inhabitants.’
    • ‘The Kuna natural resource specialist Nicanor Gonzalez, who worked with the research team, even helped develop a new mapping project in Bolivia.’
    • ‘The school, which goes through 12th grade, has Kuna teachers but they are paid by the Panama government and are not allowed to teach the Kuna language or customs.’
    • ‘Over at the Kuna tribe, the group find themselves at the mercy of nature and despite their attempts, led by Frieda and Meti, to construct a solution Mother Nature throws all sorts of obstacles at them.’
    • ‘The country's name, which means ‘land of plenty fish,’ may also come from the Cuna words panna mai, or ‘far away,’ a reply to Spaniards who wondered where to find gold.’
    • ‘On the Caribbean side there are the Sanblas Islands, inhabited by the Kuna Indian tribe.’
    • ‘The islands are part of Panama, but are primarily administered by the Cuna tribe.’
    • ‘The Kuna Indians of Panama consume up to five cups of cocoa a day and include cacao in many of their traditional recipes.’
    • ‘He intersperses such glimpses into contemporary Kuna life and culture with excerpts about what happened to Lionel Wafer.’
    • ‘In 1925, the United States intervened in a revolt by Kuna Indians on the northeast Atlantic coast and established a tribal reserve.’
    • ‘Despite friendly native Kuna Indians, the Spanish were angered by these upstart Scots broaching their main gold route out of South America.’
    • ‘Here is a Cuna legend reflecting the historic Cuna practice of Sun worship, which is no longer carried out today.’
    • ‘The Kuna laws prohibit both investment access by non Kuna members and also limit the size of the industry.’
    • ‘It was Kuna territory in 1600 when the Spaniards built a small fort at El Real to protect the river route to the gold mines in the Rio Tuira headwaters.’
    • ‘The Spanish-language questionnaires were translated into Embera and Kuna languages for surveyors who felt more comfortable working in their native language.’
    • ‘The daughters of the Kuna people are prized because they will eventually bring additional manpower into the family.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, outside bounded reserves, 3 Embera-Wounaan and Kuna communities work for legal control of their lands.’
    • ‘Women maintain a revered and protected status in Kuna society and their reaching puberty is celebrated in a series of ancient rituals and feasts.’
    • ‘Embera, Wounaan, and Kuna leaders, coordinators, surveyors, and researchers all participated in an open but structured forum.’

Origin

The name in Kuna.

Pronunciation:

Kuna

/ˈko͞onə/

Definition of kuna in English:

kuna

noun

  • The basic monetary unit of Croatia, equal to 100 lipa.

    • ‘The Croatian currency is the kuna, apparently named after a small furry animal like a stoat or weasel, the pelts of which used to be traded.’
    • ‘The currency is the kuna, of which there are about ten to a British pound.’
    • ‘This gave a figure of a yearly income of 41,500 kune.’
    • ‘The Croatian postal service issued a 2.80 kuna stamp bearing her picture.’
    • ‘The unions have produced statistics on pay that show that a state employee can only earn up to 3,100 kune a month - the equivalent of 60 percent of the average monthly salary in Croatia.’
    • ‘Joblessness in Croatia is about 20%, and the average monthly wage is just 3,500 kune.’

Origin

Croatian, literally marten (the fur of the marten was formerly a medium of exchange).

Pronunciation:

kuna

/ˈko͞onə/