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Basket Maker

  1. an American Indian culture of the southwestern U.S. from 100 b.c. to a.d. 65 that developed in three phases, immediately preceded the Pueblo culture, and was noted for its basketry, agriculture, use of the bow and arrow, and, in its later stages, the building of semisubterranean houses.
  2. an American Indian belonging to the Basket Maker culture.
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Origin of Basket Maker

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for basket maker

Historical Examples

  • A soldier, then a basket-maker, afterwards lives idle on his income.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • The trade of a basket-maker, when followed in such a manner, is a thankless one.

  • In a tavern of the Faubourg he made the acquaintance of a basket-maker who worked at home.

  • "I am in search of a basket-maker who lives somewhere in this vicinity," said Sally.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • The office of midwife was hereditary in the family of the basket-maker.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for basket maker

Basket Maker

  1. a member of an early Native American people of the southwestern US, preceding the Pueblo people, known for skill in basket-making
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