[shoh-shoh-nee-uh n, shoh-shuh-nee-uh n]
- (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.
- of or relating to the Shoshonean-speaking peoples or their languages.
Origin of Shoshonean
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Eventually he became the highest authority on the Shoshonean tribes.The Romance of the Colorado River
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
This is incorrect, the Shoshonean differing widely from the Algonquian language stock.
This is a quality which is also notable in southern California Shoshonean myth narratives.Seven Mohave Myths
A. L. Kroeber
They were surrounded on all sides by the cognate Apache except upon the north, where they meet Shoshonean tribes.
Upon the northeast the eastern limits of the pristine habitat of the Shoshonean tribes are unknown.
- a subfamily of North American Indian languages belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the southwestern US