Definition of Osage in English:

Osage

Syllabification: O·sage
Pronunciation: /ˈōsāj
 
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noun (plural same or Osages)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Osage River valley in Missouri.
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  • Above all, it would be the increasingly powerful Osages living to the west of the new city that determined the success of this enterprise.
  • There are also Indians from other tribes who have moved into Tahlequah: Creeks, Kiowas, Osages, and even Navajos.
  • Another wealthy tribe, the 16,000-strong Osage in Oklahoma, owns the rights to one of the richest oil and gas fields in the state.
2The Siouan language of the Osage.
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  • Currently, about twenty tribal members out of eighteen thousand can speak Osage fluently.
  • If you speak Osage, you can understand after a little while, Ponca.
  • Osage is a Siouan language of the Southern Plains. Only a handful of elders still speak the Osage language today, but some young people are trying to learn.

adjective

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Relating to the Osage or their language.
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  • The name comes from the Osage Indians of that region, who, like other Native Americans, valued the tree for its wood.
  • The Osage Indians of Missouri made a bread called ‘stanic’ from the pulp of the persimmon and ground corn.
  • In this remark, we hear a surviving fragment of this very ‘thunder power,’ handed down from an Osage ancestor.

Origin

via French, from Osage wažaže, the name of one of the three groups that compose this people.

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