- 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 called Wabanaki.
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Examples from the Web for abenaki
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.Days of the Discoverers
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."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper