Sahaptin

Sahaptin

[sah-hap-tuhn]
noun, plural Sahaptins (especially collectively) Sahaptin for 1.
1.
a member of an American Indian people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
2.
a language used by several American Indian tribes, including the Nez Percés, of the Columbia River basin.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Sahaptins or to their languages.
Also, Shahaptian.


Origin:
< Southern Interior Salish sʕaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin

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Sahaptin, Sahaptan or Sahaptian (sɑːˈhæptɪn, sɑːˈhæptən, sɑːˈhæptɪən, ʃəˈhæptɪn)
 
n , -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan, -tian
1.  a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
2.  the language of this people
 
Sahaptan, Sahaptan or Sahaptian
 
n
 
Sahaptian, Sahaptan or Sahaptian
 
n

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sahaptin

linguistic grouping of North American Indian tribes speaking related languages within the Penutian family. They traditionally resided in what are now southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, and west-central Idaho, U.S., in the basin of the Columbia River and its tributaries. Major groups included the Cayuse, Molala, Palouse (or Palus), Nez Perce, Tenino, Umatilla, Wallawalla, and Yakima

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