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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Examples from the Web for lenape
"The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other a little haughtily.
If the Lenape are so skillful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?
The sun found the Lenape, on the succeeding day, a nation of mourners.
If the Lenape are so skilful, why is one of their bravest warriors here?
"The Lenape are rulers of their own hills," returned the other, a little haughtily.
Word Origin and History for lenape
1728, native name for Delaware Indians, said to mean "original people."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper