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[shoh-shoh-nee] /ʃoʊˈʃoʊ ni/
noun, plural Shoshones (especially collectively) Shoshone for 2.
a river in NW Wyoming, flowing NE into the Big Horn River. 120 miles (193 km) long.
a member of any of several Numic-speaking peoples of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
the language or languages of the Shoshone.
Also, Shoshoni (for defs 2, 3)
Origin of Shoshone
An Americanism dating back to 1805; < an Eastern Shoshone band name Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When I sell a ticket to Shoshone, I'm the ticket agent, and nothing else.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • If Peaceful had gone to Shoshone, he was gone, and that settled it.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • I wired the news to the papers in Shoshone, so he must know.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • The Comanches even now have a Shoshone heart, a Shoshone tongue.

  • At length the Shoshone renegade who had so loved Cecil, spoke.

    The Bridge of the Gods

    Frederic Homer Balch
  • The desert on the opposite side of the Shoshone was level and unbroken.

    The Fire People

    Ray Cummings
  • The wild-eyed Shoshone, accustomed to scan the horizon, saw him also.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • Lewis, disappointed at the flight of the Shoshone, pressed on.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • "Me know better route," said the friendly old Shoshone guide.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
British Dictionary definitions for Shoshone


(pl) -nes, -ne, -nis, -ni. a member of a North American Indian people of the southwestern US, related to the Aztecs
the language of this people, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Shoshone

Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin; the name is of unknown origin, first applied 19c. to eastern Shoshonis of Wyoming. Related: Shoshonean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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