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Ojibwa

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

Definition of Ojibwa in English:

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

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Relating to the Ojibwa or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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