Definition of Akawaio in English:

Akawaio

Pronunciation /ˌakəˈweɪəʊ/

noun

  • 1A member of a Carib people inhabiting parts of Guyana, especially in the upper Mazaruni river region.

  • 2The Carib language of the Akawaio.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating the Akawaio or their language.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Bancroft (1744–1821), chemist and spy. Apparently ultimately from Akawaio kawai tobacco juice, potion drunk by shamans.