/ah'neuh sah"zee/, n., pl. Anasazis, (esp. collectively) Anasazi for 2.
1. a Basket Maker-Pueblo culture of the plateau region of northern Arizona and New Mexico and of southern Utah and Colorado, dating probably from A.D. 100 to 1300.
2. a member of the people producing this culture.
3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of this culture or its people: the Anasazi communities.
[term introduced in 1936 by U.S. archaeologist Alfred V. Kidder (1885-1963) < Navajo 'anaasází ancient inhabitants of the Pueblo ruins, lit., aliens' ancestors ('anaa- enemy, alien + -sází ancestor(s), ancestral)]

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