shoshone river

Shoshone

[shoh-shoh-nee]
noun, plural Shoshones (especially collectively) Shoshone for 2.
1.
a river in NW Wyoming, flowing NE into the Big Horn River. 120 miles (193 km) long.
2.
a member of any of several Numic-speaking peoples of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
3.
the language or languages of the Shoshone.
Also, Shoshoni (for defs 2, 3).


Origin:
1805, Americanism; < an Eastern Shoshone band name

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Shoshone or Shoshoni (ʃəʊˈʃəʊnɪ)
 
n , -nes, -ne, -nis, -ni
1.  a member of a North American Indian people of the southwestern US, related to the Aztecs
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
 
Shoshoni or Shoshoni
 
n

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Shoshone
Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin, of unknown origin, first applied 19c. to eastern Shoshonis of Wyoming.
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