Definitions

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

  • n. A group of related North American Indian languages including the Apachean languages and languages of Alaska, northwest Canada, and coastal Oregon and California.
  • n. A member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative spelling of Athabascan.
  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Athabascan.
  • n. Alternative spelling of Athabascan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to a certain great family of North American Indian languages and tribes, occupying a vast extent of country south from the Eskimo region, between Hudson's Bay and the Rocky Mountains, with outlying members also west of the mountains, as far south as Mexico, including the Apaches and Navajos.
  • n. A member or the language of this family.
  • n. Also spelled Athabascan, Athapaskan.

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

  • n. a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
  • n. a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska

Etymologies

After Lake Athabasca from Cree athapaskaaw, there is scattered grass.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • For me, the most moving work was by I├▒upiaq/Athabaskan artist Erica Lord.

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  • Our review of The Trap didn't mention it, but the jacket flap does claim that the author is "of Ahtna Athabaskan descent," which apparently he isn't, although his adoptive parents are Indian.

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  • South and east of the Miluk area and extending into the upper Coquille watershed lived people who spoke one of the Athabaskan languages, thereby distinguishing them from the Hanis and Miluk people.

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  • Sarah James, a Gwich'in Athabaskan who lives in Arctic Village, suspects that even the most environmentally sensitive oil development will disrupt the caribous 'calving.

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  • The Na-Dene family includes languages spoken by the broad group of Athabaskan tribes in the U.S. and Canada as well as the Tlingit and Eyak people.

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  • Jan 24 2008 Whoops, Eyak isn't quite an Athabaskan language but rather a coordinate subbranch of the Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit family, according to the Alaska Native Language Center.

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  • Apparently the term "Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit" is used to avoid the controversial term "Na-Dene" which according to that hypothesis also links Haida to the family and this is controversial.

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  • It's now one branch of Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit gone in the blink of an eye.

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  • Oh well, I corrected the above where I stated "It's now one branch of Athabaskan gone" to the more accurate statement "It's now one branch of Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit gone".

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