[proh-toh-al-gong-kee-uh n, -kwee-uh n]
the unattested parent language from which the Algonquian languages are descended.
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Why is it called America, not Columbusia?American place names can sound pretty confusing even to native English speakers. From Philadelphia (Greek for “loving brother”) to Chicago (Algonquian Fox for “place of the wild onion”), the map of America is an etymological hodge-podge. For a clear example, take three adjacent states in New England. Vermont is an inverted, rough translation of the French for “green mountain,” mont vert. Massachusetts is derived from the name of …
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