[ sey-lish ]
/ ˈseɪ lɪʃ /
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a member of any of various North American Indian peoples speaking a Salishan language.
Also called Mon·tan·a Sa·lish [mon-tan-uh-sey-lish], /mɒnˈtæn ə ˈseɪ lɪʃ/, Sé·liš [sel-ish] /ˈsɛl ɪʃ/ . an Interior Salish language of Montana and Washington spoken by the Flathead, Spokane, and Kalispel peoples.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Salishan languages or their speakers.
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Origin of Salish
First recorded in 1840–50; from Southern Interior Salish séʔliš literally, Flathead1, a self-designation
Words nearby Salish
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How to use Salish in a sentence
Among the Interior Salish they were commonly made of wood, which was afterwards covered with hide.Homer and His Age|Andrew Lang
These houses are sometimes 40 by 100 feet in the Nootka and Salish regions, and are occupied by a number of families.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
Further south are the Salish tribes, who have evolved something like the modern family, reckoning on both sides of the house.The Secret of the Totem|Andrew Lang
On the northeast Salish territory extended to about the fifty-third parallel.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
He further states that floral designs are found among the Salish tribes but to a much less extent.The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley|Harlan Ingersoll Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Salish
Salishan (ˈseɪlɪʃən, ˈsæl-)
/ (ˈseɪlɪʃ) /
a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the northwestern US and W Canada
the Salish (functioning as plural) the peoples collectively who speak these languages, divided in Canada into the Coast Salish and the Interior Salish
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