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Sauk

Syllabification: Sauk
Pronunciation: /sôk
 
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(also Sac)

Definition of Sauk in English:

noun (plural same or Sauks)

1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting parts of the central US, formerly in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, now in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Example sentences
  • Under Black Hawk, the Sacs and Foxes of Illinois briefly fought back in 1832 but were swiftly overpowered.
  • The conflict began in April 1832, encouraged by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader, when nearly 2,000 Sauks and Mesquakies crossed the Mississippi River, moving into Illinois.
  • But it was in 1832, when the Sacs and Foxes became restive along the Upper Mississippi and General Scott was making the Army famous for its pacification measures, that the Cavalry really came to the front.
2The Algonquian language of the Sauk.

adjective

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Relating to the Sauk or their language.
Example sentences
  • The conflict began in April 1832, encouraged by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader, when nearly 2,000 Sauks and Mesquakies crossed the Mississippi River, moving into Illinois.
  • The Sauk chief was the subject of the well-known paintings of George Catlin and the portrait by John Wesly Jarvis.
  • Born in the village of Saukenuk at the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers in western Illinois, Black Hawk was respected within Sauk society for his bravery and his conservative views.

Origin

from Canadian French Saki, from Ojibwa osākī '(people of the) river mouth'.

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