Athabascan

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

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

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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