Shawnee

[ shaw-nee ]
/ ʃɔˈni /

noun, plural Shaw·nees, (especially collectively) Shaw·nee.

a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
a town in E Kansas.
a city in central Oklahoma.

Origin of Shawnee

1720–30, Americanism; back formation from earlier Shawnese, Shawanese (construed as plural), reshaping (with -ese) of earlier Shawanoes (plural) < Munsee Delaware šá·wano·w (singular) < Shawnee ša·wano·ki Shawnees, literally, people of the south
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Shawnee
/ (ʃɔːˈniː) /

noun

plural -nees or -nee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Word Origin for Shawnee

C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south
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