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[shoh-shoh-nee-uh n, shoh-shuh-nee-uh n]
noun, plural Sho·sho·ne·ans, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ne·an for 2.
  1. (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.
  2. a member of a group speaking a Shoshonean language.
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  1. 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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Historical Examples of shoshonean

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for shoshonean



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