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n. pl. Carib or Car·ibs
1. also Car·i·ban (kăr′ə-bən, kə-rē′bən) A member of a group of American Indian peoples of northern South America, the Lesser Antilles, and the eastern coast of Central America.
2. Any of the languages of the Carib.

[Spanish Caribe, from earlier Carib karibna, person, Carib.]

Car′ib adj.
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npl -ibs or -ib
1. (Peoples) a member of a group of American Indian peoples of NE South America and the Lesser Antilles
2. (Languages) the family of languages spoken by these peoples
[C16: from Spanish Caribe, from Arawak]
ˈCariban adj
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(ˈkær ɪb)

n., pl. -ibs, (esp. collectively) -ib for 1.
1. a member of an American Indian people that aboriginally inhabited parts of the Lesser Antilles and the South American coast from E Venezuela to the Amazon delta.
2. the Cariban language of these people.
[1545–55; < Sp caribe < Arawak]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Carib - a member of an American Indian peoples of northeastern South America and the Lesser AntillesCarib - a member of an American Indian peoples of northeastern South America and the Lesser Antilles
Amerindian, Native American - any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
2.Carib - the family of languages spoken by the Carib
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
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References in classic literature ?
I asked him the names of the several nations of his sort of people, but could get no other name than Caribs; from whence I easily understood that these were the Caribbees, which our maps place on the part of America which reaches from the mouth of the river Orinoco to Guiana, and onwards to St.
This counter-intuitive association between the increasing centrality of slave plantations to the local economies and a decline in the most extreme antiblack stereotyping can be explained by the missionaries' shifting focus from the recalcitrant native Caribs to the enslaved Afro-creole labor force.
Caribs' Leap/Western Deep, at the Mead Gallery, Warwick arts centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.
It was nearly five hundred years ago that the first African slaves were brought to this hemisphere and encountered the Caribs, who lived on present-day Martinique, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and other smaller islands.
In the first section, two articles by William Keegan and Louis Aliaire examine myths and misconceptions about the peoples called the Tainos (Arawaks) and the Caribs, pointing out that both cultures are more complex and heterogeneous than was previously thought, and that even the names Taino and Carib are of uncertain origin.
Most Vincentians are of African, East Indian, Carib (a few full-blooded Caribs still live in the north), and Portuguese descent.
One thing everybody knows about the Caribs is that they were cannibals.
Along the eastern Caribbean's northern rim lived the Arawaks of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, a populou,s peaceful race who were the traditional victims and enemies of the Caribs. At its southern rim, 500 miles below, the continental coast ran westwards from Trinidad.
Called "Black Caribs" by the British to distinguish them from Native American Caribs, the Garifuna were a proud people who resisted colonization for more than 100 years.
Today the population is primarily a mixture of blacks, East Indians and Portuguese, but the English, French and indigenous Caribs all have left an indelible mark as well.
It has been brought to our attention that the Walt Disney Company intends to film a movie called "The Pirates of the Caribbean" in which the Caribs or Calinago [sic], the ancestors of the Garinagu (as we refer to ourselves in our language) are portrayed as cannibals.
Before Columbus, each year around June, Island Caribs in Martinique scanned the horizon for the appearance of the constellation they called The Heron's Canoe, signaling the onset of the hurricane season and the need for heightened vigilance.