Chipewyan

noun
Chip·​e·​wy·​an
variants: or Chippewaian or Chippewyan \ ˌchipəˈwīən \
plural Chipewyan or Chipewyans or Chippewaian or Chippewaians or Chippewyan or Chippewyans

Definition of Chipewyan

1a : an Athapaskan people closely related to the Slave and Yellowknife people and living north of the Churchill river between the Great Slave lake and the Slave and Athabaska rivers on the west and Hudson Bay on the east
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Chipewyan people

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History and Etymology for Chipewyan

Cree Chipwayanawok, literally, pointed skins, from chipwa pointed + weyanaw skin + -ok (suffix denoting plural); from their pointed skin shirts or parkas

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“Chipewyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chipewyan. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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