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Wakashan

[wah-kash-uh n, waw-kuh-shan]
noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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

Wakashan

noun
  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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