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Lenape

[len-uh-pee, luh-nah-pee]
noun, plural Len·a·pes, (especially collectively) Len·a·pe.
  1. Delaware(defs 5, 6).
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Origin of Lenape

1720–30, Americanism; < Unami Delaware ləná·p·e (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *elen- ordinary + *-a·pe·w man)
Also called Lenni Lenape.
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Historical Examples

  • "The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other a little haughtily.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • If the Lenape are so skillful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The sun found the Lenape, on the succeeding day, a nation of mourners.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • If the Lenape are so skilful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • "The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other, a little haughtily.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper


Word Origin and History for lenape

Lenape

1728, native name for Delaware Indians, said to mean "original people."

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