Mahican

Mahican

[muh-hee-kuhn]
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:
1605–15; < 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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Mahican (məˈhiːkən)
 
n , pl -cans, -can
a variant of Mohican

Mohican or Mahican (ˈməʊɪkən, məʊˈhiːkən, məˈhiːkən)
 
n , -cans, -can
1.  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
 
Mahican or Mahican
 
n

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