Definition of Abanic
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Origin and Etymology of abanic
missegmented from Ojibwa ninka·pi·han “west,” perhaps influenced by Ojibwa Ab-boin-ug (19th-century spelling), alteration of pwa·nak “Sioux” (plural), associated by folk etymology with apwe·, “to roast,” apwa·na·kk “roasting stick” (alluding to the alleged Sioux custom of torturing enemies)
First Known Use: 1839See Words from the same year
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