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 (kăr′ə-bən, kə-rē′bən)
n. pl. Cariban or Cari·bans
1. Variant of Carib..
2. A language family comprising the Carib languages.

Car′i·ban adj.


(ˈkær ə bən, kəˈri-)
a family of American Indian languages, many now extinct or moribund, concentrated in the Guiana region of South America, with lesser representation in E Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil S of the Amazon.
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The editors provide a scholarly introduction to the Arawakan and Cariban peoples the Europeans encountered, as the two unequal parties engaged in a century-long process of feeling each other out, before the Europeans finally arrived in force during the mid-seventeenth century, changing this part of the world forever.
Archaeological and linguistic analysis suggests that Cariban languages may have spread both northwest and southeast from the Orinoco River delta in relatively late prehistory, perhaps from the thirteenth century AD (Muysken 2012).
A typological grammar of Panare; a Cariban language of Venezuela.
These groups have been classified (2) into five linguistic families: Tukanoan (represented by the Eastern Tukanoan subfamily), Guahiban, Arawakan, KakuaNukak and Cariban.