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Navajo

or Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-] /ˈnæv əˌhoʊ, ˈnɑ və-/
noun, plural Navajos, Navajoes (especially collectively) Navajo for 1.
1.
a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan stock of North American Indians, located in New Mexico and Arizona, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the U.S.
2.
the Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture:
a Navajo blanket.
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  • Its floor was painted and carpeted with new Navajo blankets and a bear skin.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • If my nerve fails me when I see her, you are in a new Navajo.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Naab gave him a bag from one of the packs, spoke a few words in Navajo, and then slapped the burros into the trail.

  • They will be sure to return on his track, and follow their own trail back to the Navajo towns.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • In the southern and last division of the Tinneh family are found the great Apache and Navajo nations, with their many dialects.

  • We recognise the Navajo blanket, with its alternate bands of black and white.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
Word Origin and History for Navajo

Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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