Tsimshian

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noun Tsim·shi·an \ˈchim-shē-ən, ˈ(t)si-\

Definition of Tsimshian

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Tsimshian

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Tsimshians

  1. 1 :  a member of a group of American Indian peoples of west central British Columbia and southern Alaska

  2. 2 :  the family of closely related languages spoken by the Tsimshian peoples

Origin and Etymology of tsimshian

Tsimshian (Coast and Southern Tsimshian languages) c̓msyan, a self-designation, literally, inside the Skeena (River)


First Known Use: 1836


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