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[wahm-puh-noh-ag] /ˌwɑm pəˈnoʊ æg/
noun, plural Wampanoags (especially collectively) Wampanoag.
a member of a once-powerful North American Indian people who inhabited the area east of Narragansett Bay from Rhode Island to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket at the time of the Pilgrim settlement.
the Eastern Algonquian speech of the Wampanoag people, a dialect of Massachusett.
Origin of Wampanoag
1670-80, Americanism; < Narragansett, equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *wa·pan(w)- dawn + -o·w- person of + *-aki plural suffix, i.e., easterners Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The gun of the former missed fire, whereupon the Indian leveled his musket and shot the Wampanoag leader dead.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • But the great Wampanoag chief was not a man to yield to adversity.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Metacom hath often seen the long line of Wampanoag Chiefs, in his sleep?

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • I will not surrender a Wampanoag, nor the paring of a Wampanoag's nail.

    King Philip John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • Thou art a Wampanoag, and dost know that the hunting-grounds of thy tribe have been held sacred by my people.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • She, like the groom's mother, probably belonged to the Wampanoag tribe.

  • He had gone but a short way when he came upon the Wampanoag chief in a hunting-lodge.

    Famous Indian Chiefs Charles H. L. Johnston
  • But a Narragansett, or a Wampanoag, is a man; he scorns to lurk in the darkness.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper

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