Wyandot

noun
Wy·​an·​dot | \ ˈwī-ən-ˌdät How to pronounce Wyandot (audio) also ˈwīn-ˌdät \

Definition of Wyandot

: a member of an American Indian group formed in the 17th century by Hurons and other Indians fleeing the Iroquois

First Known Use of Wyandot

1748, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Wyandot

borrowed from Wyandot wę́ˑⁿdat, a Huron and Wyandot self-designation

Note: The phonemicized form wę́ˑⁿdat was provided to the editors of the Handbook of North American Indians by Floyd Lounsbury (see vol. 15, Northeast, p. 405); the symbol ⁿd represents a pre-nasalized voiced dental stop. The Jesuit missionary Paul Potier wrote the word ȣendat [ȣ = ou] in his Elementa grammaticae Huronicae of 1745 (see Fifteenth Report for the Bureau of Archives of the Province of Ontario, 1918-19, Toronto, 1920, p. 154). Lounsbury suggests that the form "is probably an elliptical shortening of some longer form corresponding to Mohawk skawę́ˑnat 'one language' or tshaʔtekawę́ˑnat 'the same language (word, speech).'"

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“Wyandot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wyandot. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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