[ wah-kash-uh n, waw-kuh-shan ]
/ wɑˈkæʃ ən, ˈwɔ kəˌʃæn /
a family of American Indian languages spoken in British Columbia and Washington and including especially Kwakiutl and Nootka.
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Origin of Wakashan
1895; coined by J.W. Powell from Wakash, used as the name of a Nootka subgroup but originally a misapplication of Nootka wa·ka·š bravo!; see -an
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Example sentences from the Web for wakashan
The relationship of this family to the Wakashan is a very interesting problem.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
British Dictionary definitions for wakashan
/ (wɑːˈkæʃən, ˈwɔːkəˌʃɑːn) /
a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington, including Kwakiutl and Nootka
a speaker of any of these languages
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