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

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting the Green Bay area of Wisconsin, with present-day populations in Wisconsin and Nebraska.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Siouan language of the Winnebago.
  • LakeWinnebago A lake of eastern Wisconsin traversed by the Fox River. It is a popular recreation area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a Native American people of Wisconsin and Nebraska, now called Ho-Chunk.
  • proper n. the language of this people
  • proper n. a brand of American recreational vehicle

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

  • n. a member of the Siouan-speaking people formerly living in eastern Wisconsin south of Green Bay; ally of the Menomini and enemy of the Fox and Sauk people
  • n. the Siouan language spoken by the Winnebago

Etymologies

Fox wiinepyeekooha, those of the dirty water.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ojibwe Wiinibiigoo ("Winnebago person"), from wiinibiig ("murky water") (of Lake Winnipeg), from wiini’ ("to make someone dirty"), wiinad ("it is dirty"), plus nibi ("water"), plural nibig ("waters") (Wiktionary)

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