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[tan-uh-nah, -naw] /ˈtæn əˌnɑ, -ˌnɔ/
noun, plural Tananas (especially collectively) Tanana for 2.
a river flowing NW from E Alaska to the Yukon River. About 650 miles (1045 km) long.
a member of a North American Indian people of the Tanana River drainage basin in east-central Alaska.
the Athabaskan language of the Tanana. Unabridged
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  • At Forty-mile creek Mr. Wells and a party crossed over into the basin of the Tanana and increased the knowledge of that river.

    Golden Alaska Ernest Ingersoll
  • The Tanana Crossing is a central spot for the Indians of this region.

  • I remember coming over the divide from Tanana to Circle City.

    The Turtles of Tasman Jack London
  • He must be some rough bird to earn a name like that over on the Tanana.

  • All the streams that are confluent with the Tanana on its left bank are glacial streams draining the high ice of these mountains.

  • It lies on the Tanana River, practically at the head of navigation.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • We reached Tanana on the 1st of April, just six weeks since we left.

  • And did not the Tanana tribe pay my father many blankets and fine furs?

    Love of Life Jack London
  • The head of the Forty-Mile is but a short distance from the great Tanana.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • It was bad hunting, and the Tanana people made payment for the bad hunting.

    Love of Life Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for Tanana


a river in central Alaska, rising in the Wrangell Mountains and flowing northwest to the Yukon River. Length: about 765 km (475 miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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