Definitions

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

  • n. A Native American people inhabiting an area between the Great Bear and Great Slave lakes in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Athabaskan language of this people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A people native to the Northwest Territories of Canada.
  • proper n. The Athabaskan language of this people.

Etymologies

Translation of Cree atimospikay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From dog +‎ rib, a calque of Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ ("dog-flank"), from tłı̨ ("dog") + echǫǫ̀ ("rib area, flank"), the dog-flank people, from a traditional legend. (Wiktionary)

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