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Athabaskan

[ ath-uh-bas-kuhn ]
/ ˌæθ əˈbæs kən /
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noun
a family of languages spoken by American Indians in most of inland northwest Canada and Alaska, 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 American Indian peoples speaking Athabaskan.
adjective
belonging to or characteristic of the Athabaskans.
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Also Ath·a·bas·can; Ath·a·pas·kan, Ath·a·pas·can [ath-uh-pas-kuhn] /ˌæθ əˈpæs kən/ .

Origin of Athabaskan

First recorded in 1770–80; earlier Athapasca(s), introduced as a term for the Canadian Athabaskans (from Woods Cree ahδapaska·w “Lake Athabaska,” literally, “there are reeds here and there,” from Proto-Algonquian aʔlap(y)- “net, reticulated” + -ašk- “plant” + derivational elements) + -an
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