Abenaki

noun
Abe·​na·​ki | \ ˌa-bə-ˈnä-kē How to pronounce Abenaki (audio) \
variants: or less commonly \ ab-​ˈnä-​kē How to pronounce Abenaki (audio) \

Definition of Abenaki

1 plural Abenaki or Abenakis also Abnaki or Abnakis : a member of a group of Algonquian-speaking (see Algonquian sense 2a) Indigenous peoples of northern New England and adjoining parts of Quebec
2 : either of the two Algonquian languages spoken by the Abenaki peoples

First Known Use of Abenaki

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Abenaki

Eastern Abenaki wαpánahki, Western Abenaki wǫbanakii, literally, dawn land people, easterners

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“Abenaki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abenaki. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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