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Shoshoni

[shoh-shoh-nee]
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noun, plural Sho·sho·nis, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ni.
  1. Shoshone(defs 2, 3).
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Shoshone

[shoh-shoh-nee]
noun, plural Sho·sho·nes, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ne for 2.
  1. a river in NW Wyoming, flowing NE into the Big Horn River. 120 miles (193 km) long.
  2. a member of any of several Numic-speaking peoples of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
  3. the language or languages of the Shoshone.
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Also Sho·sho·ni (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of Shoshone

An Americanism dating back to 1805; < an Eastern Shoshone band name
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Shoshone

Shoshoni

noun
  1. plural -nes, -ne, -nis or -ni a member of a North American Indian people of the southwestern US, related to the Aztecs
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
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Word Origin and History for shoshoni

Shoshone

Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin; the name is of unknown origin, first applied 19c. to eastern Shoshonis of Wyoming. Related: Shoshonean.

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