Costanoan

noun Co·sta·no·an \kəˈstänəwən, kōˈ-\

Definition of Costanoan

plural

Costanoan

or

Costanoans

  1. 1a :  an Indian people of coastal California from San Francisco Bay to Monterey b :  a member of such people

  2. 2 :  a language of the Costanoan people

  3. 3 :  a language family of the Penutian stock comprising only the Costanoan language or languages

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Origin and Etymology of costanoan

Costano, a division of the Costanoan (from Spanish costeño, literally, coastman, from costa coast, from Latin costa rib, side) + English -an — more at coast


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