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Comanche

[kuh-man-chee, koh-]
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noun, plural Co·man·ches, (especially collectively) Co·man·che for 1.
  1. a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, formerly ranging from Wyoming to Texas, now in Oklahoma.
  2. the dialect of Shoshone spoken by the Comanche.
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Origin of Comanche

1800–10, Americanism; < American Spanish < Southern Paiute kɨmmanci-, as in kɨmmanciŋw strangers, Shoshones; or < a related word in another Numic language
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Comanche

noun
  1. plural -ches or -che a member of a Native American people, formerly ranging from the River Platte to the Mexican border, now living in Oklahoma
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family
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Word Origin and History for comanche

Comanche

n.

1819, from Spanish, from a Shoshonean language, e.g. Ute kimánci "enemy, foreigner." Comanchero was a 19c. name given to Hispanic and American traders who dealt with the Comanches.

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