Atakapa

noun
Ata·​ka·​pa
variants: or Attacapa \ əˈtakəpə , -​äk-​ , -​ˌpä , -​ˌpȯ \
plural Atakapa or Atakapas or Attacapa or Attacapas

Definition of Atakapa

1a : an Indian people of the Gulf coast of Louisiana and Texas
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Atakapa people

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History and Etymology for Atakapa

French Atac-Apa, from Choctaw hatak-apa cannibal, from hatak man + apa eats

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“Atakapa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Atakapa. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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