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Sahaptin

[sah-hap-tuh n]
noun, plural Sa·hap·tins, (especially collectively) Sa·hap·tin for 1.
  1. a member of an American Indian people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
  2. a language used by several American Indian tribes, including the Nez Percés, of the Columbia River basin.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Sahaptins or to their languages.
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Origin of Sahaptin

From the Southern Interior Salish word sʕaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin
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Historical Examples of sahaptin

  • The following grammatical notes will serve to illustrate the Yakima and some of the other languages of the Sahaptin family.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • Of all these tribes, the Nez Perces or Sahaptin were the most numerous and progressive.

  • Neither are there wanting affinities to the Sahaptin and Cays languages, allied to each other.

    Opuscula

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • In the Nahuatl, Sahaptin, and Selish families it is most prominent.

  • Again, the Shoshoni and Sahaptin have several words in common, and those out of short vocabularies.

    Opuscula

    Robert Gordon Latham


British Dictionary definitions for sahaptin

Sahaptin

Sahaptan (sɑːˈhæptən) or Sahaptian (sɑːˈhæptɪən)

noun
  1. plural -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan or -tian a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
  2. the language of this people
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Ancient name: Shahaptin (ʃəˈhæptɪn)
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