a member of any of various North American Indian peoples speaking a Salishan language.

Origin of Salish

From the Southern Interior Salish word séʔliš Flatheads Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salish


Salishan (ˈseɪlɪʃən, ˈsæl-)


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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Word Origin and History for salish



self-designation of the Native American people of Montana also known as Flathead, from a term containing -ish "people." The language group that includes their tongue has been called Salishan.

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