One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a Pueblo Indian people of western New Mexico.
- ‘Kirk Bemis, the Zunis ' hydrologist, says that the appropriate studies on these other aquifers have yet to be done.’
- ‘A field test among the Zuni and Navaho in 1951 indicated it would be fruitful to conduct a larger scale project in all five communities.’
- ‘On the other hand, I should tell you that long after Cushing's time, the Zuni did restore their church, and I have seen it.’
- ‘They like to be called what they are - Utes, Hopis, Zunis - and collectively, they answer to ‘first people’.’
- ‘She makes her living as an itinerant folksinger whose songs become her means of trying to claim an identity for herself as a Zuni.’
2The language of the Zuni, with about 3,000 speakers.
- ‘He curses at him in Zuñi and spits on the ground, as he has seen Popé do.’
Relating to the Zuni or their language.
- ‘The moment you enter, you notice the quality of the pottery, basketry, rugs, and jewelry most crafted by the Zuni and Navajo peoples of the Colorado Plateau.’
- ‘Logan had learned this tract was mistakenly omitted from the government's official demarcation of Zuni boundaries five years earlier.’
- ‘She furthered Hopi and Zuni art in the Southwest, working in ceramics and silver.’
- ‘The practice is perhaps best known among the Zuñi Indians of Arizona, but is widely seen in other tribal groups as well.’
- ‘It seems he was given to going around in Zuni costume, but, his rivals complained, it was not strictly authentic.’
From Spanish Zuñi, probably from Keresan.
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