Ho·​kan | \ ˈhōkən \
variants: or less commonly Hoka \ -​kə \
plural Hokan or Hokans also Hoka or Hokas

Definition of Hokan

1 : a language stock centering in California comprising the Chimarikan, Esselenian, Kulanapan, Quoratean, Shastan, Yuman, and Yanan families
2 : a language phylum generally considered as comprising the Hokan stock plus Chumashan, Jicaquean, Salinan, Serian, Supanecan, Tequistlatecan, and Washoan

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History and Etymology for Hokan

coined 1913 by Roland B. Dixon †1934 and Alfred L. Kroeber †1960 American anthropologists

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“Hokan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hokan. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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