borrowed from Wyandot wę́ˑⁿdat, a Huron and Wyandot self-designation
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).'"