: siouan

Word History


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

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abanic was in 1839

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“Abanic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abanic. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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