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Tanoan

[ tah-noh-uhn ]
/ ˈtɑ noʊ ən /
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noun
an American Indian language family of which the three surviving languages are spoken in several pueblos, including Taos, in northern New Mexico near the Rio Grande.
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Origin of Tanoan

Coined by J.W. Powell in 1891 as Tañoan, based on American Spanish Tagno (see -an); gn misinterpreted as equivalent to Spanish ñ, variant of Tano, ethnic name of Southern Tewa subgroup of Tanoans, from Southern Tewa tʰá·nu
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