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Mahican

[muh-hee-kuh n] /məˈhi kən/
noun, plural Mahicans (especially collectively) Mahican.
1.
a tribe or confederacy of Algonquian-speaking North American Indians, centralized formerly in the upper Hudson valley.
2.
a member of this tribe or confederacy.
Also, Mohican.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < the Mahican name for themselves: literally, person (people) of the tidal estuary (cognate with Munsee Delaware ma·hí·kan; compare -a·hi·kan in kihta·hí·kan ocean, with kiht- great)
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British Dictionary definitions for Mahican

Mahican

/məˈhiːkən/
noun (pl) -cans, -can
1.
a variant of Mohican

Mohican

/ˈməʊɪkən; məʊˈhiːkən/
noun
1.
(pl) -cans, -can. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Hudson river and east of it
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
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