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[shoh-shoh-nee] /ʃoʊˈʃoʊ ni/
noun, plural Shoshonis (especially collectively) Shoshoni.
Shoshone (defs 2, 3).


[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. 2018.
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  • She cares nothing for the Shoshoni, and she wants to realize on this mine.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • Up in the Shoshoni Cove they found a good many, first and last.

  • For the Snake (Shoshoni) Indians, see our volume v, p. 227, note 123.

  • It was largely civil and consisted of four or five middle-aged men, Bannock or Shoshoni, who had a civic spirit.

  • It is remarked in Gallatin's paper that there were certain coincidences between the Netela and the Shoshoni.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • It may also be added that the Shoshoni tongues will often be called by the more general name of Paduca.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • Again, the Shoshoni and Sahaptin have several words in common, and those out of short vocabularies.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • There he lived for many years with his Indian (Shoshoni) wife, greatly aiding Western emigration.

  • The evidence that the Wihinast are Shoshoni is derived from a vocabulary of their language.

British Dictionary definitions for Shoshoni


(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 Shoshoni


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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