[chim-shee-uh n, tsim-]
noun, plural Tsim·shi·ans, (especially collectively) Tsim·shi·an.
  1. a member of an American Indian people of the coastal region of British Columbia.
  2. the Penutian language of the Tsimshian.
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  1. a member of a Native Canadian people of northern British Columbia
  2. the Penutian language of this people

Word Origin for Tsimshian

C19: from Tsimshian, inside the Skeena River
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