Appendix:English terms of Native American origin

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A variety of languages, from numerous unrelated families, were spoken by the inhabitants of North and South America prior to European settlement, and many of those languages are still spoken today. Throughout history, a large number of words have entered English from these languages, sometimes via Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

  1. English terms of Eskimo-Aleut origin are in Appendix:English terms of Eskimo-Aleut origin.
  2. English terms derived from any of several unrelated families of Native American languages spoken in North America (that is, to the north of the Panama Canal) are in Appendix:English terms of Native North American origin.
  3. English terms derived from any of several unrelated families of Native American languages spoken in the Caribbean or on both sides of the Panama Canal are in Appendix:English terms of Native Central American or Caribbean origin.
  4. English terms derived from any of several unrelated families of Native American languages spoken in South America (that is, to the south of the Panama Canal) are in Appendix:English terms of Native South American origin.
  5. Terms which appear in dictionaries and reference works but which do not meet our Criteria for Inclusion are in Appendix:English dictionary-only terms of Native American origin.