Definitions

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

  • n. A Native American confederacy located on the northern Great Plains, composed of the Blackfoot, Blood, and Piegan tribes. Traditional Blackfoot life was based on nomadic buffalo hunting.
  • n. A member of this confederacy.
  • n. The northernmost tribe of the Blackfoot confederacy, inhabiting central Alberta.
  • n. A member of this tribe.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Blackfoot, Blood, and Piegan.
  • n. See Sihasapa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. a Native American confederacy of several tribes
  • proper n. a member of these tribes
  • proper n. the Algonquian language of these people

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Blackfeet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of matrimonial go-between, who in a friendly way acts as introducer, and generally facilitates the earlier stages of courtship.
  • n. [capitalized] One of a certain tribe of North American Indians, the most western division of the Algonkin stock.

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

  • n. a member of a warlike group of Algonquians living in the northwestern plains
  • n. any of the Algonquian languages spoken by the Blackfoot

Etymologies

Translation of Blackfoot siksikĆ” (perhaps from the blackening of their moccasins, either from painting them or from walking near prairie fires) : sik, black + ika, foot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Fifty years ago the name Blackfoot was one of terrible meaning to the white traveller who passed across that desolate buffalo-trodden waste which lay to the north of the Yellowstone River and east of the Rocky Mountains.

    Blackfoot Lodge Tales

  • The Blackfoot is fifty paces in breadth, and is bordered by dense thickets of willow - near the mouth there is a large solitary mound or hill, called the "Blackfoot Butte."

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • This day we made about 15 miles in a S.W. direction and most of the way in a deep valley and encamped on a small creek running into one called Blackfoot this latter is the second stream we have passed which emties into S. fork of Lewis

    N. Wyeth's Journal - First Expedition

  • It is called Blackfoot, and is classed as one of the branches of the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • An Indian chief of the tribe called Blackfoot, or Blackfeet, went over the Rocky Mountains with a war party.

    Stories of American Life and Adventure

  • But the heart of a Blackfoot is a lie, and his tongue is a trap.

    The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

  • The Blackfoot is the hereditary enemy of the Crow, toward whom hostility is like a cherished principle of religion; for every tribe, besides its casual antagonists, has some enduring foe with whom there can be no permanent reconciliation.

    The Adventures of Captain Bonneville

  • On the east side, however, there is Porteneuf, and a small river called the Blackfoot, which rises with the sources of Salt River and flows sixty miles westward, to its junction with Snake River, fifteen miles above the mouth of Porteneuf.

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The Blackfoot is a sworn and determined foe to all white men, and he has often been heard to declare that he would rather hang the scalp of a "pale face" to his girdle, than kill a buffalo to prevent his starving.

    Townsend Chapter 6

  • But the heart of a Blackfoot is a lie, and his tongue is

    The adventures of Captain Bonneville

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