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[ab-uh-nak-ee, ah-buh-nah-kee]
noun, plural A·be·na·kis, (especially collectively) A·be·na·ki for 1.
  1. a member of a grouping of American Indian peoples of southern Quebec and Maine, earlier also of New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern Massachusetts.
  2. any of the Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.
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Also Abnaki.
Also called Wabanaki.
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Examples from the Web for abenaki

Historical Examples

  • Anasaguntakook, a band of the Abenaki, on the sources of the Androscoggin, in Maine.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • The Indian phrases and legends referred to as learned by the Wind-wife are Abenaki.

  • He adds (p. 111), that the chief of that name was probably an Algonkin who had migrated to the Abenaki country.

  • He was Abenaki by his mother; but he was absent when the attack took place, and the marauders seem to have shed no blood.

  • He had the gift of tongues, and was as familiar with the Abenaki and several other Indian languages as he was with Latin.

Word Origin and History for abenaki


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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