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Algonquian

noun Al·gon·qui·an \al-ˈgän-kwē-ən, -ˈgäŋ-\

Definition of ALGONQUIAN

1
usually Algonquin
a :  an American Indian people of the Ottawa River valley
b :  the dialect of Ojibwa spoken by these people
2
usually Algonquian
a :  a family of American Indian languages spoken by peoples from Labrador to Carolina and westward into the Great Plains
b :  a member of the peoples speaking Algonquian languages

Variants of ALGONQUIAN

Al·gon·qui·an or Al·gon·quin \-kwən\ or Al·gon·ki·an \-ˈgäŋ-kē-ən\ also Al·gon·kin \-ˈgäŋ-kən\

Origin of ALGONQUIAN

Canadian French Algoumequin, Algonquin, perhaps from Malecite-Passamaquoddy (Algonquian language of Maine and New Brunswick) elakómkwik they are our relatives
First Known Use: 1625

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