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cliff dweller

n.
1. A member of certain Ancestral Puebloan groups of the southwest United States who built rock or adobe dwellings on sheltered ledges in the sides of cliffs.
2. Informal A person who lives in a large apartment house, especially in a city.

cliff dwelling n.

cliff′ dwell`er


n.
1. (usu. caps.) a member of a prehistoric people of the southwestern U.S. who were ancestors of the Pueblo Indians and built shelters in caves or on the ledges of cliffs.
2. one who lives in a large apartment house.
[1880–85, Amer.]
cliff′ dwell`ing, n.
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Noun1.cliff dweller - a member of the Anasazi people living in the southwestern United States who built rock or adobe dwellings on ledges in the sides of cavescliff dweller - a member of the Anasazi people living in the southwestern United States who built rock or adobe dwellings on ledges in the sides of caves
Anasazi - a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings
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