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Chimila language

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Native toColombia
Ethnicity1,500 (2009)[1]
Native speakers
350 (2009)[1]
Language family
  • Arwako–Chimila
    • Chimila
Language codes
ISO 639-3cbg

Chimila (Shimizya) is a Chibchan language of Colombia, spoken by the Chimila. At one time the Malibu languages were grouped with Chimila, before Chimila was considered a Chibchan language.

The "Cesar" name of the Cesar River and Cesar Department is an adaptation from the Chimila indigenous word Chet-tzar or Zazare ("calm water") into Spanish, in reference to the Cesar River.[3]

Guatapurí derives from the Chimila for "cold water", and provides the name of the Guatapurí River.[4]


  1. ^ a b Chimila at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chimila". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ LABLAA - Luis Galvis: Don Gonzalo ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish) Marcos Fidel Vega Seña (2005), Vallenato: Cultura y sentimiento, U. Cooperativa de Colombia. p14.