[ab-uh-nak-ee, ah-buh-nah-kee]

noun, plural A·be·na·kis, (especially collectively) A·be·na·ki for 1.

a member of a grouping of American Indian peoples of southern Quebec and Maine, earlier also of New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern Massachusetts.
any of the Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.

Also Abnaki.
Also called Wabanaki.
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Algonquian-speaking Indians of northern New England and the Maritimes, 1721, from French abenaqui, from East Abenaki wapanahki, literally "person of the dawn land."

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