Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Geology Late Proterozoic.
  • n. Variant of Algonquian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Var. of Algonquian.
  • adj. Pertaining to or designating a period or era recognized by the United States Geological Survey and some other authorities, between the Archæan and the Paleozoic, from both of which it is generally separated in the record by unconformities. Algonkian rocks are both sedimentary and igneous. Although fossils are rare, life certainly existed in this period.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Algonkin.
  • Specifically, in geology, applied to the Precambrian rocks which are either themselves sedimentary or, if igneous, are later than known sediments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Algonquian language spoken by the Algonkian
  • n. a member of a North American Indian people in the Ottawa river valley of Ontario and Quebec
  • adj. of or relating to an Algonquian tribe or its people or language

Etymologies

After the Algonkin Indians; see Algonquin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Carrera thought that Don Luis was "a liar" and "a clever talker," but Segura believed that the Algonkian was another "Paul of Holy Faith," referring to the Japanese convert who helped St. Francis Xavier in Asia.

    Charlottesville Blogs

  • This interview was first published in the The Algonkian, Algonquin's Literary

    A House on Wheels : Anita Rau Badami talks about her novel Tamarind Woman

  • Nearby Algonkian Regional Park provides a boat launch, golf course and water park.

    Where We Live: Cascades, in Virginia's Loudoun County

  • A woman reported that a raccoon had tried to steal her purse at Algonkian Regional Park.

    Loudoun County Animal Watch

  • Editor's update: The Funeral Mass has been scheduled for 10: 30 am, Monday, March 24, 2008, at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, 46639 Algonkian Pkwy, Sterling, VA.

    David Low Has Died - NASA Watch

  • Instead of creating Winthrop's vision of an ordered society, the Pilgrims actually invented the raucous, ultra-democratic New England town meeting — a system of governance, the Dartmouth historian Colin Galloway observes, that "displays more attributes of Algonkian government by consensus than of Puritan government by the divinely ordained."

    1491: excerpts part 3

  • Among scholars, Algonquian or Algonkian refers to the larger language groups.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The Conflict of European and Eastern Algonkian Culture, 1594–1700 Toronto, 1937, 1969, 1976.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Walcott, C.D., 1906, Algonkian formations of northwestern Montana: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America, v. 17, p.

    Glacier National Park Geology & Paleontology: Part 1 - background

  • In his first winter in Canada, 1625-1626, he learned something about the Algonkian language and perhaps still more about Indian ways.

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  • Is raccoon Algonkian for 'masked bandit' scratching out a living? (see raccoon and its Algonquin etymology.)

    or is it '' Spanish colonists adopted the Spanish word mapache (for raccoon) from the Nahuatl mapachitli of the Aztecs, meaning '(the) one who takes everything in its hands.'

    In many languages, the raccoon is named for its characteristic dousing behavior in conjunction with that language's term for bear, for example Waschbär in German, orsetto lavatore in Italian, mosómedve in Hungarian and araiguma (アライグマ) in Japanese. In French and Portuguese (in Portugal), the washing behavior is combined with these languages' term for rat, yielding, respectively, raton laveur and ratão-lavadeiro. - Wikipedia

    The debate continues its ablution?-.. with no evident solution...with loose ends (a-swashing)???

    What a man(o)date!

    March 23, 2012

  • From the examples:

    “A woman reported that a raccoon had tried to steal her purse at Algonkian Regional Park.”
    --The Washington Post: Loudoun County Animal Watch

    March 22, 2012

  • a geological date (period)

    March 22, 2012