Chemakum

noun
Chem·​a·​kum | \ ˈcheməkəm \
variants: or Chimakum \ ˈchim-​ \
plural Chemakum or Chemakums or Chimakum or Chimakums

Definition of Chemakum

1a : an American Indian people resident on the northeast coast of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington in the nineteenth century
b : a member of such people
2 : a Chimakuan language of the Chemakum people

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History and Etymology for Chemakum

borrowed from a 19th-century form (with m) of nearby Salishan names for the Chemakum, as Twana čə́bqəb, Lushootseed čə́bəqəb

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“Chemakum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chemakum. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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