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Shoshonean

[ shoh-shoh-nee-uhn, shoh-shuh-nee-uhn ]
/ ʃoʊˈʃoʊ ni ən, ˌʃoʊ ʃəˈni ən /
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noun, plural Sho·sho·ne·ans, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ne·an for 2.

(in some, especially earlier, classifications) a grouping of four branches of the Uto-Aztecan language family including Numic, Hopi, and several languages of southern California.
a member of a group speaking a Shoshonean language.

adjective

of or relating to the Shoshonean-speaking peoples or their languages.

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Origin of Shoshonean

First recorded in 1890–95; Shoshone + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Shoshonean

Shoshonean

Shoshonian

/ (ʃəʊˈʃəʊnɪən, ˌʃəʊʃəˈniːən) /

noun

a subfamily of North American Indian languages belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the southwestern US
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