variants or less commonly Hoka
plural Hokan or Hokans also Hoka or Hokas
: a language stock centering in California comprising the Chimarikan, Esselenian, Kulanapan, Quoratean, Shastan, Yuman, and Yanan families
: a language phylum generally considered as comprising the Hokan stock plus Chumashan, Jicaquean, Salinan, Serian, Supanecan, Tequistlatecan, and Washoan

Word History


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 9 Dec. 2023.

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