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Shawnee

[shaw-nee] /ʃɔˈni/
noun, plural Shawnees (especially collectively) Shawnee.
1.
a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
2.
the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
3.
a town in E Kansas.
4.
a city in central Oklahoma.
Origin
Munsee Delaware
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism; back formation from earlier Shawnese, Shawanese (construed as plural), reshaping (with -ese) of earlier Shawanoes (plural) < Munsee Delaware šá·wano·w (singular) < Shawnee ša·wano·ki Shawnees, literally, people of the south
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British Dictionary definitions for Shawnee

Shawnee

/ʃɔːˈniː/
noun
1.
(pl) -nees, -nee. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
Word Origin
C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south
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Word Origin and History for Shawnee

Algonquian people, probably originally from what is now southern Ohio, 1670s, from Munsee sawanow, from Shawnee /ša:wanwa/, the people's self-designation, literally "person of the south."

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