Definition of Ojibwa in English:


Syllabification: O·jib·wa
Pronunciation: /ōˈjibˌwā, -wə
(also Ojibway /-ˌwā/)

noun (plural same or Ojibwas or Ojibways)

  • 1A member of a North American Indian people native to the region around Lake Superior. Also called Chippewa.
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    • The Ojibwas had likewise used deception to their benefit in taking Michilimackinac.
    • The two Ojibwas affectionately nicknamed him ‘Baptiste’ or ‘Bateese’ for reasons never clear to him.
    • But long, long before the Voyageurs came the forests were home to the Sioux and the Ojibwa.
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Ojibwa.
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    • There are two sources of native borrowing: the Canadian Indian languages such as Cree, Dene, and Ojibwa, and Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit or Eskimo.
    • In this specific way the historical development of Miami-Illinois resembles that of Fox, one of its closest sister languages, rather than that of Ojibwa, another of its closest sister languages.


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  • Relating to the Ojibwa or their language.
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    • Similarly, the Native Americans of the Chippewa / Ojibwa tribes thought that the Sun's flames were being extinguished, and so during an eclipse they would launch skywards burning arrows in order to replenish it.
    • After 1840 many Metis buffalo hunters, the offspring of European fur traders and Cree and Ojibwa women, also joined these groups.
    • The portability of Ojibwa lodging - the wigwam - enabled such moves to be made quickly and easily.


from Ojibwa očipwē, probably meaning 'puckered', with reference to their style of moccasins.

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