[puh-noo-tee-uh n, -shuh n]
- a group of American Indian language families of central and coastal California, including Wintu, Maidu, Yokuts, Miwok, and Costanoan, thought to be descendants of a single protolanguage spoken at a remote period.
- any of several other hypothesized genetic groupings of languages that include these languages and, in addition, otherwise unclassified languages of the Pacific Northwest, Columbia River plateau, Mexico, and Central America.
- of or relating to Penutian.
Origin of Penutian
1913; pen + uti, schematized bases for “two” in Maidu-Wintu-Yokuts and Miwok-Costanoan, respectively + -an
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- a family of North American Indian languages of the Pacific coast
- a phylum of languages of North and South America, including Araucanian, Chinook, Mayan, and Sahaptin
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