Algonkian

Algonkian

[al-gong-kee-uhn]
adjective
1.
Geology, Proterozoic ( def 1 ).
noun, plural Algonkians (especially collectively) Algonkian.
3.
Geology, Proterozoic ( def 2 ).
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Algonkian (ælˈɡɒŋkɪən)
 
n, —adj
1.  an obsolete term for Proterozoic
2.  a variant of Algonquian

Algonquian or Algonkian (ælˈɡɒŋkɪən, -kwɪ-)
 
n , -ans, -an
1.  a family of North American Indian languages whose speakers ranged over an area stretching from the Atlantic between Newfoundland and Delaware to the Rocky Mountains, including Micmac, Mahican, Ojibwa, Fox, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, and Shawnee. Some linguists relate it to Muskogean in a Macro-Algonquian phylum
2.  a member of any of the North American Indian peoples that speak one of these languages
 
adj
3.  denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers
 
Algonkian or Algonkian
 
n
 
adj

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