[ wah-kash-uhn, waw-kuh-shan ]

  1. a family of Indigenous languages spoken in British Columbia and the state of Washington and including especially Kwakiutl and Nuu-chah-nulth.

Origin of Wakashan

First recorded in 1890–95; coined by J.W. Powell from Wakash, used as the name of a Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) subgroup but originally a misapplication of Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) wa·ka·š “bravo!” + -an

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/ (wɑːˈkæʃən, ˈwɔːkəˌʃɑːn) /

  1. a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington, including Kwakiutl and Nootka

  2. a speaker of any of these languages

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