Athabascan

noun
Ath·​a·​bas·​can | \ ˌa-thə-ˈba-skən How to pronounce Athabascan (audio) \
variants: or Athabaskan \ ˌa-​thə-​ˈba-​skən How to pronounce Athabascan (audio) \ or less commonly Athapaskan \ ˌa-​thə-​ˈpa-​skən How to pronounce Athabascan (audio) \ or Athapascan \ ˌa-​thə-​ˈpa-​skən How to pronounce Athabascan (audio) \

Definition of Athabascan

1 : a family of languages spoken primarily by certain Indigenous peoples of western Canada, Alaska, and the U.S. Southwest
2 plural Athabascans or Athabaskans also Athapaskans or Athapascans : a member of a people speaking an Athabascan language

First Known Use of Athabascan

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for Athabascan

Athabasca, a Cree band, from Cree dialect aƍapaska·w, name for the area east of Lake Athabasca, literally, (where) there are reeds one after another

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The first known use of Athabascan was in 1830

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Dictionary Entries Near Athabascan

Athabasca, Lake

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“Athabascan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Athabascan. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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