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[ab-uh-nak-ee, ah-buh-nah-kee] /ˌæb əˈnæk i, ˌɑ bəˈnɑ ki/
noun, plural Abenakis (especially collectively) Abenaki for 1.
a member of a grouping of American Indian peoples of southern Quebec and Maine, earlier also of New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern Massachusetts.
any of the Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.
Also, Abnaki.
Also called Wabanaki. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for Abenaki
  • They also refer to themselves as Abenaki or with syncope abnaki.
  • There are very few native speakers of the original Abenaki language still alive.
  • During the winter, the Abenaki lived in small groups further inland.
  • The Abenaki also built long houses similar to those of the iroquois.
Word Origin and History for Abenaki

Algonquian-speaking Indians of northern New England and the Maritimes, 1721, from French abenaqui, from East Abenaki wapanahki, literally "person of the dawn land."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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