Shoshonean

noun
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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