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n. pl. Miskito or Mis·ki·tos
1. A member of an American Indian people inhabiting the Caribbean coast of northeast Nicaragua and southeast Honduras.
2. The Misumalpan language of the Miskito. In both senses also called Mosquito.

[Spanish misquito, from Miskito Miskitu, ethnic self-designation.]
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or Mís•ki•to

(məˈski toʊ)

n., pl. -tos, (esp. collectively) -to.
1. a member of an American Indian people of NE Nicaragua and adjacent areas of Honduras.
2. the language of the Miskito.
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His trips have included several clinic days in various small villages around the city of Managua, followed by trips to the Miskito Indian villages of Walakitang and Sumopipi in the jungle regions of north central Nicaragua.
* John Julian was a 16-year-old Miskito Indian from southeastern Central America.
Selkirk the castaway was preceded on Mas a Tierra by twenty-four years by a Miskito Indian named Will, who was mistakenly left behind by another privateering ship, captained by the same William Dampier of Selkirk's 1704 voyage, and who survived quite well for three and a half years until he was picked up again by Dampier.
Free public lecture set: Lottie Cunningham Wren, a Nicaraguan lawyer and Miskito Indian, will present a lecture at 7 p.m.
"His Majesty is a pure-blooded Miskito Indian, completely English in his habits and dress; and having received an excellent education in Jamaica, he considers English to be his own language."
Sam Mercado, a Miskito Indian, is head of a Nicaraguan Native business group called Corporation Indigena Para el Desrarrollo Economico (Indigenous Corporation for Economic Development).
The Honduran project was organized by MASTA, a Miskito Indian group, and MOPAWI (an acronym meaning "development of the Mosquitia"), a private Honduran development group that had worked closely with indigenous groups on land legalization projects since 1987.
Few Americans know the plight of Miskito Indian refugees, who have been driven from their burned villages.
Miskito Indian villagers had survived in that debris, grabbing onto whatever was afloat and at hand.
After that, he consorted with the maverick and retired contra Eden Pastora, advised a Miskito Indian leader, counseled his indecisive father (now also retired) and assisted the mendacious Elliott Abrams.
A few years after winning the peace prize, he set up the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which, in addition to Israeli and Jewish causes, campaigned for Miskito Indians in Nicaragua, Cambodian refugees, victims of South African apartheid and of famine and genocide in Africa.