Comanche

Comanche

[kuh-man-chee, koh-]
noun, plural Comanches (especially collectively) Comanche for 1.
1.
a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, formerly ranging from Wyoming to Texas, now in Oklahoma.
2.
the dialect of Shoshone spoken by the Comanche.

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism; < American Spanish < Southern Paiute kɨmmanci-, as in kɨmmanciŋw strangers, Shoshones; or < a related word in another Numic language

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Comanche (kəˈmæntʃɪ)
 
n , -ches, -che
1.  a member of a Native American people, formerly ranging from the River Platte to the Mexican border, now living in Oklahoma
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family

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Comanche
1819, from Sp., from a Shoshonean language, cf. Ute kimánci "enemy, foreigner." Comanchero was a 19c. name given to Hispanic and American traders who dealt with the Comanches
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