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

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting Rhode Island west of Narragansett Bay, with present-day descendants in the same area. The Narragansett were nearly exterminated during King Philip's War in 1675-1676.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Narragansett.
  • n. Any of a breed of small sturdy saddle horse developed in Rhode Island.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of an Algonquian Native American tribe that formerly inhabited the shores of Narragansett Bay.
  • proper n. The extinct Algonquian language that was spoken by this tribe.


From a Narragansett place name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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