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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of any of various Native American peoples formerly inhabiting northern New England and southeast Canada, with present-day populations in Maine and southern Quebec.
  • noun Either or both of the two Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.

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  • proper noun in particular The Western Abenaki language.
  • noun Collective plural of Abenaki.

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  • noun a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec

Etymologies

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

[Probably Montagnais wabanăkiwek, dawn land people, Abenaki.]

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From French abénaqui, from Montagnais ouabanākionek ("people of the eastern country").

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