Sho·​sho·​ne·​an | \ shəˈshōnēən, shōˈ-, ¦shōshə¦nēən\
plural Shoshonean or Shoshoneans

Definition of Shoshonean

1 : a language family of the Uto-Aztecan phylum comprising the languages of most of the Uto-Aztecan peoples in the U.S.
2a : any of the Indian peoples whose language is Shoshonean
b : a member of any such peoples

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History and Etymology for Shoshonean

Shoshone + -an

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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