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Algonquian

[al-gong-kee-uh n, -kwee-uh n] /ælˈgɒŋ ki ən, -kwi ən/
noun, plural Algonquians (especially collectively) Algonquian for 2.
1.
a family of languages spoken now or formerly by American Indians in an area extending from Labrador westward to the Rocky Mountains, west-southwestward through Michigan and Illinois, and southwestward along the Atlantic coast to Cape Hatteras, including especially Arapaho, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Cree, Fox, Massachusett, Micmac, Ojibwa, and Powhatan.
Compare family (def 14).
2.
a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Algonquian or its speakers.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; Algonqui(n) + -an
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Algonquian

/ælˈɡɒŋkɪən; -kwɪ-/
noun
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.
(pl) -ans, -an. a member of any of the North American Indian peoples that speak one of these languages
adjective
3.
denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers
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Word Origin and History for Algonquian

1885, an ethnologist's word, modified from Algonquin + -ian. Both forms of the name have been used as adjectives and nouns.

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