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15 Taíno/Arawak Words You Didn’t Realize You Knew

Below is a list of English words borrowed / derived from Taino/Arawak--an extinct indigenous language from the Caribbean basin. Given the word in Taino/Arawak, can you guess the English word used today?
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Last updated: June 28, 2021
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Taino
Hint
English
barbakoa
food
barbecue
kasike
person
cacique
kaimã
animal
caiman
kanowa
thing
canoe
kasabi
tuber
cassava
kaya
landform
cay
wayaba
fruit
guava
hamaka
thing
hammock
hurakã
natural phenomena
hurricane
iwana
animal
iguana
Xaymaca
country
Jamaica
mahis
grain
maize
manatí
animal
manatee
batata
tuber
potato
sabana
landform
savanna
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Level 54
Jun 28, 2021
Nice quiz! Please accept "barbeque" for "barbecue"
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Level 58
Jun 28, 2021
Thanks. I have added your suggestion. Be sure to nominate!
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Level 71
Jan 11, 2023
Really surprised at Savanna. Not a biome you usually associate with the area.
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Level 83
Jan 11, 2023
Looks like "cacique" is one we realize we don't know.
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Level 58
Jan 11, 2023
Could you also accept cayman for caiman?
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Level 62
Jan 11, 2023
very nice, and surprisingly easy for a Spanish speaker, the native words sound almost the same as in Spanish