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Shawnee

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noun, plural Shaw·nees, (especially collectively) Shaw·nee.
  1. a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
  2. the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
  3. a town in E Kansas.
  4. a city in central Oklahoma.

Origin of Shawnee

1720–30, Americanism; back formation from earlier Shawnese, Shawanese (construed as plural), reshaping (with -ese) of earlier Shawanoes (plural) < Munsee Delaware šá·wano·w (singular) < Shawnee ša·wano·ki Shawnees, literally, people of the south
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Shawnee

noun
  1. plural -nees or -nee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Word Origin

C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south
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Word Origin and History for shawnee

Shawnee

Algonquian people, probably originally from what is now southern Ohio, 1670s, from Munsee sawanow, from Shawnee /ša:wanwa/, the people's self-designation, literally "person of the south."

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