Definition of Hokan
1 : a language stock centering in California comprising the Chimarikan, Esselenian, Kulanapan, Quoratean, Shastan, Yuman, and Yanan families
2 : a language phylum generally considered as comprising the Hokan stock plus Chumashan, Jicaquean, Salinan, Serian, Supanecan, Tequistlatecan, and Washoan
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Origin and Etymology of hokan
coined 1913 by Roland B. Dixon †1934 and Alfred L. Kroeber †1960 American anthropologists
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