Tanoan

Tanoan

[tah-noh-uhn]
noun
an American Indian language family of which the three surviving languages are spoken in several pueblos, including Taos, in northern New Mexico near the Rio Grande.

Origin:
1891; coined by J.W. Powell as Tañoan, based on American Spanish Tagno (see -an; gn misinterpreted as equivalent to Spanish ñ), variant of Tano, ethnic name of Southern Tewa subgroup of Tanoans < Southern Tewa tʰá·nu

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tanoan

noun
a family of North American Indian language spoken in southwestern United States 
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