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Sahaptin

[sah-hap-tuh n] /sɑˈhæp tən/
noun, plural Sahaptins (especially collectively) Sahaptin for 1.
1.
a member of an American Indian people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
2.
a language used by several American Indian tribes, including the Nez Percés, of the Columbia River basin.
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Sahaptins or to their languages.
Also, Shahaptian.
Origin
Southern Interior Salish
< Southern Interior Salish sʕaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin
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Sahaptin

/sɑːˈhæptɪn/
noun
1.
(pl) -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan, -tian. a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
2.
the language of this people
Ancient name Shahaptin (ʃəˈhæptɪn)
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Encyclopedia Article for Sahaptin

linguistic grouping of North American Indian tribes speaking related languages within the Penutian family. They traditionally resided in what are now southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon, and west-central Idaho, U.S., in the basin of the Columbia River and its tributaries. Major groups included the Cayuse, Molala, Palouse (or Palus), Nez Perce, Tenino, Umatilla, Wallawalla, and Yakima

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