shoshoneans

Shoshonean

[shoh-shoh-nee-uhn, shoh-shuh-nee-uhn]
noun, plural Shoshoneans (especially collectively) Shoshonean for 2.
1.
(in some, especially earlier, classifications) a grouping of four branches of the Uto-Aztecan language family including Numic, Hopi, and several languages of southern California.
2.
a member of a group speaking a Shoshonean language.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Shoshonean-speaking peoples or their languages.

Origin:
1890–95; Shoshone + -an

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Shoshonean or Shoshonian (ʃəʊˈʃəʊnɪən, ˌʃəʊʃəˈniːən, ʃəʊˈʃəʊnɪən, ˌʃəʊʃəˈniːən)
 
n
a subfamily of North American Indian languages belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the southwestern US
 
Shoshonian or Shoshonian
 
n

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