Pe·​nob·​scot pə-ˈnäb-ˌskät How to pronounce Penobscot (audio)
plural Penobscot or Penobscots
: a member of an Algonquian-speaking Indigenous people of the Penobscot River valley and Penobscot Bay region of Maine

Word History


earlier Panawamske, from Eastern Abenaki pαnáwαhpskek, a village name, literally, where the rocks widen

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Penobscot was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Penobscot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Pe·​nob·​scot pə-ˈnäb-ˌskät How to pronounce Penobscot (audio)
river 101 miles (162 kilometers) long in central Maine flowing south into Penobscot Bay (inlet of the Atlantic Ocean)

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