Ojibwa

Ojibwa

[oh-jib-wey, -wuh]
noun, plural Ojibwas (especially collectively) Ojibwa.
1.
a member of a large tribe of North American Indians found in Canada and the U.S., principally in the region around Lakes Huron and Superior but extending as far west as Saskatchewan and North Dakota.
2.
an Algonquian language used by the Ojibwa, Algonquin, and Ottawa Indians.
Also, Ojibway.
Also called Chippewa.


Origin:
1690–1700, Americanism; < Ojibwa očipwe·, orig. the name of a single local group

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Ojibwa (əʊˈdʒɪbwə)
 
n , -was, -wa
1.  a member of a North American Indian people living in a region west of Lake Superior
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

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Ojibwa
Algonquian people of N.America, living along the shores of Lake Superior, 1700, from Ojibwa O'chepe'wag "plaited shoes," in ref. to their puckered moccasins, which were unlike those of neighboring tribes. The older form in Eng. is Chippewa, which is usually retained in U.S., but since c.1850 Canadian
Eng. has taken up the more phonetically correct Ojibwa, and as a result the two forms of the word have begun to be used in ref. to slightly differing groups in the two countries. Some modern Chippewas prefer anishinaabe, which means "original people."
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