American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Either of two distinct Native American peoples inhabiting parts of the Great Basin, specifically:
- n. A group occupying eastern Oregon, western Nevada, and adjacent areas of northeast California. Also called Northern Paiute.
- n. A group occupying southern Utah and Nevada, northern Arizona, and adjacent areas of southeast California. Also called Southern Paiute.
- n. A member of either of these peoples.
- n. anthropology Any member of two related groups of North American aboriginal peoples—the Northern Paiute of California, Nevada, and Oregon, and the Southern Paiute of Arizona, southeastern California and Nevada, and Utah.
- n. a member of either of two Shoshonean peoples (northern Paiute and southern Paiute) related to the Aztecs and living in the southwestern United States
- n. the Shoshonean language spoken by the Paiute
“And it was in the Mountain Meadows valley that the Mormons bribing the aid of the Paiute Indians, surrounded the group and proceed to wipe them out.”
“Federal and state game officials want to restore the Paiute cutthroat trout to the range scientists believe it occupied for many millennia—a nine-mile stretch of the Silver King Creek in the Sierra Nevada wilderness.”
“The upper stretch of Silver King Creek is closed to fishing to protect Paiute trout.”
“They won a federal judgment forcing the state to modify the Paiute trout plan by doing more studies.”
“Mr. Somer of the state fish and game department says a recreational Paiute fishery could be a "benefit" of a successful restoration, though he says the creek may never open to fishing.”
“State officials later put other trout species into the Paiute trout's old home.”
“Unlike the cutthroat trout in nearby waterways, the Paiute trout has no spots and has an iridescent sheen that can appear purplish.”
“The Paiute trout's ancestry traces to about 10,000 years ago, he says, when waterfalls cut off part of Silver King Creek.”
“California's fish and game department started working on plans to restore the Paiute trout to their old range in the 1990s.”
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