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Mahican

[muh-hee-kuh n]
noun, plural Ma·hi·cans, (especially collectively) Ma·hi·can.
  1. a tribe or confederacy of Algonquian-speaking North American Indians, centralized formerly in the upper Hudson valley.
  2. a member of this tribe or confederacy.
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Also Mohican.

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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Historical Examples

  • The Mahican Village at the mouth of the creek was called Nappechemak.

    The Hudson

    Wallace Bruce

  • An old Mahican settlement known as Potick was located a little back from the river.

    The Hudson

    Wallace Bruce


British Dictionary definitions for mahican

Mahican

noun plural -cans or -can
  1. a variant of Mohican
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