Definition of Sahaptian in English:

Sahaptian

Syllabification: Sa·hap·ti·an
Pronunciation: /säˈhaptēən
 
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adjective

  • Denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of American Indian languages, including Nez Percé and Sahaptin, spoken in southern Washington, northern Oregon, and central Idaho.
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    • They speak a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language family, which is common among other Plateau groups in the mid-Columbia River region.

noun

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  • The Sahaptian family of languages.
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    • The Columbia Gorge's native traders spoke languages belonging to one of three major families: Salishan, Sahaptian, or Chinookan.

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