from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of Duwamish.
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When a Dwamish Indian lost a near relative of the same name by death, he changed his own name, because the name might attract the ghost of the deceased, and so cause him to be haunted.
Seattle was a Dwamish chief, and a true friend of the white race, whom he seemed to follow on account of their superior intelligence.