Wakashan

Wakashan

[wah-kash-uhn, waw-kuh-shan]
noun
a family of American Indian languages spoken in British Columbia and Washington and including especially Kwakiutl and Nootka.

Origin:
1895; coined by J.W. Powell from Wakash, used as the name of a Nootka subgroup but originally a misapplication of Nootka wa·ka·š bravo!; see -an

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Wakashan (wɑːˈkæʃən, ˈwɔːkəˌʃɑːn)
 
n
1.  a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington, including Kwakiutl and Nootka
2.  a speaker of any of these languages

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