[ koh-stuh-noh-uhn, kos- ]
/ ˌkoʊ stəˈnoʊ ən, ˌkɒs- /
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a family of eight languages, now extinct, spoken by American Indian peoples of Penutian descent residing in coastal California.
any of the speakers of these languages or their descendants, who traditionally inhabited the coast and adjacent river valleys from San Francisco Bay south to Monterey Bay and Point Sur.
of or relating to the Costanoans or their language.
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Also called Oh·lo·ne [uh-loh-nee] /əˈloʊ ni/ .
Words nearby Costanoan
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How to use Costanoan in a sentence
It is quite true that some of the tribal groups inhabiting this territory may not have been members of the Costanoan stock.
They probably had just left Costanoan territory, although, to be sure, the exact tribal boundaries are unknown.
Kroeber classes Saclan as doubtfully Costanoan, but shows the group as Costanoan on his large colored tribal map.
The Abastos, it may be pointed out, were neither Costanoan nor resident on the east side of the Bay.
Among the Southern Costanoan peoples creation myths resembling those of the Yokuts are found.The Religion of the Indians of California|A. L. Kroeber