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noun, plural Pas·sa·ma·quod·dies, (especially collectively) Pas·sa·ma·quod·dy for 1.
  1. a member of a small tribe of North American Indians formerly of coastal Maine and New Brunswick and now living in Maine.
  2. the Eastern Algonquian language of the Passamaquoddy, mutually intelligible with Malecite.
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Examples from the Web for passamaquoddy

Historical Examples

  • We pass Machias on the way to Passamaquoddy Bay, don't we, father?

    Elsie's Young Folks in Peace and War

    Martha Finley

  • His wife was one of the Neptune family whose home was at Passamaquoddy.

  • It may be noticed, in passing, that Mr. Simonds writes from Passamaquoddy.

  • Two English captives escaped at Passamaquoddy, and got into Portsmouth.

    Curiosities of History

    William W. Wheildon

  • Campobello includes the Islands on the south east side of Passamaquoddy river.

Word Origin and History for passamaquoddy


Indian tribe of southeast Maine, from Micmac, literally "place where pollack are plentiful," or else, if it originally is a tribal name, "those of the place of many pollack."

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