Tsimshian

noun
Tsim·​shi·​an | \ ˈchim-shē-ən How to pronounce Tsimshian (audio) , ˈ(t)si- \
plural Tsimshian or Tsimshians

Definition of Tsimshian

1 : a member of a group of American Indian peoples of west central British Columbia and southern Alaska
2 : the family of closely related languages spoken by the Tsimshian peoples

First Known Use of Tsimshian

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Tsimshian

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

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“Tsimshian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tsimshian. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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