Algonquian
Algonquian Al*gon"qui*an, a. Pertaining to or designating the most extensive of the linguistic families of North American Indians, their territory formerly including practically all of Canada east of the 115th meridian and south of Hudson's Bay and the part of the United States east of the Mississippi and north of Tennessee and Virginia, with the exception of the territory occupied by the northern Iroquoian tribes. There are nearly 100,000 Indians of the Algonquian tribes, of which the strongest are the Ojibwas (Chippewas), Ottawas, Crees, Algonquins, Micmacs, and Blackfeet. -- n. An Algonquian Indian. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Algonquian — [al gɒŋkwɪən, kɪ ] (also Algonkian kɪən) noun 1》 a large family of North American Indian languages, including Cree, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne. 2》 a speaker of any of these languages. adjective relating to Algonquian or its speakers …   English new terms dictionary

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  • Algonquian — /ælˈgɒŋkiən/ (say al gongkeeuhn) noun 1. one of the principal linguistic stocks of North America. 2. an Algonquian speaking person. –adjective 3. belonging to or constituting this stock. Also, Algonkian …   Australian English dictionary

  • Algonquian — adjective Relating to a group of North American languages …   Wiktionary

  • algonquian — al·gon·qui·an …   English syllables

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