Athabascan

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noun Ath·a·bas·can \ ˌa-thə-ˈbas-kən \
variants: or Athabaskan play \-ˈbas-\ or less commonly Athapaskan play \-ˈpas-\ or Athapascan play \-ˈpas-\

Definition of Athabascan

1 :a family of American Indian languages spoken primarily in western Canada, Alaska, and the U.S. Southwest
2 :a member of a people speaking an Athabascan language

Origin and Etymology of 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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