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Pequot

[pee-kwot]
noun, plural Pe·quots, (especially collectively) Pe·quot.
  1. a member of a powerful tribe of Algonquian-speaking Indians of Connecticut that was essentially destroyed in the Pequot War.
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Origin of Pequot

1625–35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) Pequttôog (plural), and the cognate in other SE New England languages, e.g., (Dutch spelling) Pequat(s), Pequatoo(s), probably literally, people of the shoals
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Examples from the Web for pequot

Historical Examples of pequot

  • In an unyielding circle, the English pressed in upon the Pequot braves.

    Famous Indian Chiefs

    Charles H. L. Johnston

  • So they were given permission and they sailed for the Pequot River.

    Once Upon A Time In Connecticut

    Caroline Clifford Newton

  • Pequot was the name of the harbor, changed in 1658 to New London.

  • "Sassacus took it away, that his brother might do no mischief with it," said the Pequot.

  • Why should I look at the place where the Pequot and the Pale-face took his life?

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for pequot

Pequot

noun
  1. plural -quot or -quots a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in S New England
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
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Word Origin for Pequot

probably based on Narraganset paquatanog destroyers
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