a family of languages spoken by North American Indians in most of Alaska and inland northwest Canada, in coastal Oregon and California, and in Arizona and the Rio Grande basin, and including especially Navajo, Apache, and Chipewyan.: Compare family (def. 16).
a member of any of various North American Indian peoples speaking Athabascan.
belonging to or characteristic of the Athabascan.
- Also (Older Spelling) Ath·a·bas·kan; (Older Spelling) Ath·a·pas·kan, Ath·a·pas·can [ath-uh-pas-kuhn] /ˌæθ əˈpæs kən/ .
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How to use Athabascan in a sentence
And the Kolooch languages are equally Eskimo with the Athabascan.Opuscula | Robert Gordon Latham
This took the form of studying the Athabascan gutturals with the aid of Lachlan's second son, a boy of eighteen.Burned Bridges | Bertrand W. Sinclair
It was not until 1903 that Goddard showed their Athabascan affinity (Goddard, 1903b).
If Athabascan, the stretch in question belonged to the Nongatl (Saia).
This section of the Athabascan boundary has been much disputed.