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[paw-nee] /pɔˈni/
noun, plural Pawnees (especially collectively) Pawnee for 1.
a member of a confederacy of North American Plains Indians of Caddoan stock formerly located along the Platte River valley, Nebraska, and now living in northern Oklahoma.
the Caddoan language of the Pawnee Indians. Unabridged
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  • Therefore, in the Hako, the Pawnee ceremony, the ear of corn is painted with blue.

  • I'll get square with you some day, Pawnee Brown, mark my words!

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • Then, before Pawnee Brown could stop him his pistol flashed in the fire-light.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • She would have liked to assist Pawnee Brown, but could not see how it could just then be done.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • Every animal was gone, including the one Pawnee Brown had ridden.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • "That doesn't connect with what I know," answered Pawnee Brown, quietly.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • The mentioning of a cave in the mountains made Pawnee Brown curious.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
  • "Spotted Nose did see Pawnee Brown," was the answer; but this was a falsehood.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for Pawnee


(pl) -nees, -nee. a member of a confederacy of related North American Indian peoples, formerly living in Nebraska and Kansas, now chiefly in Oklahoma
the language of these peoples, belonging to the Caddoan family
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Word Origin and History for Pawnee

Indian tribes of the Caddoan family, formerly inhabiting the plains of Nebraska, 1778, from Canadian French pani, from a Siouan language, e.g. Oto panyi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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