- a tribe or confederacy of Algonquian-speaking North American Indians, centralized formerly in the upper Hudson valley.
- a member of this tribe or confederacy.
Origin of Mahican
1605–15; < the Mahican name for themselves: literally, person (people) of the tidal estuary (cognate with Munsee Delaware ma·hí·kan; compare -a·hi·kan in kihta·hí·kan ocean, with kiht- great)
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Examples from the Web for mahican
Historical Examples of mahican
The Mahican Village at the mouth of the creek was called Nappechemak.
An old Mahican settlement known as Potick was located a little back from the river.
- a variant of Mohican
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