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Lenape

[len-uh-pee, luh-nah-pee] /ˈlɛn ə pi, ləˈnɑ pi/
noun, plural Lenapes (especially collectively) Lenape.
1.
Delaware (defs 5, 6).
Also called Lenni Lenape.
Origin of Lenape
Unami Delaware
1720-1730
1720-30, Americanism; < Unami Delaware ləná·p·e (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *elen- ordinary + *-a·pe·w man)
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  • The pale-face has slain my young men; his name is great for the blows he has struck the Lenape.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • If the Lenape are so skillful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • If the Lenape went to war on some quarrel of their making, they had the Mengwe to reckon with as well as the enemy.

    The Frontiersmen Charles Egbert Craddock
  • "The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other a little haughtily.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • The Tuscaroras did not claim to belong to the Lenape tribes, yet a large portion of them lived in their territory.

  • If the Lenape are so skilful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • Uncas, the panther of his tribe, the eldest son of the Lenape, the wisest Sagamore of the Mohicans!

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • "The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other, a little haughtily.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • They said to their wives and the wives of the Lenape, Are you tired of the fathers of your children?

  • It was the Mohican and Lenape who veiled their faces, not the Iroquois.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin and History for Lenape

1728, native name for Delaware Indians, said to mean "original people."

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