Athabascan

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noun Ath·a·bas·can \ˌa-thə-ˈbas-kən\
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Athabaskan

\-ˈbas-\ or less commonly

Athapaskan

play \-ˈpas-\ or

Athapascan

\-ˈpas-\

Definition of Athabascan

  1. 1 :  a family of American Indian languages spoken primarily in western Canada, Alaska, and the U.S. Southwest

  2. 2 :  a member of a people speaking an Athabascan language

Origin and Etymology of athabascan

Athabasca, a Cree band, from Cree dialect aδδapaska·w, name for the area east of Lake Athabasca, literally, (where) there are reeds one after another


First Known Use: 1830


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