Definition of Klamath in English:

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Klamath

Pronunciation: /ˈklaməTH/

noun (plural same or Klamaths)

1A member of an American Indian people of southern Oregon and northern California.
Example sentences
  • The foundation's $115,000 grant will help the Klamath to develop a restoration plan for managing the vast forest.
  • Decades later, the Klamath, 3,400 strong, have recovered their official status and are quietly negotiating for a partial return of their lands, which are rich with ponderosa pine.
  • The Klamath River, which snakes from Oregon into northern California, is central to the religion, philosophy and daily lives of the river's four tribes: the Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Klamath.
2The language of the Klamath.

adjective

Relating to the Klamath or their language.
Example sentences
  • They have denied me my birthright,’ said Gail Hatcher of the Klamath tribe.
  • The agreement is believed to open a new window of opportunity, according to a spokesman for the Klamath tribes.

Origin

From the Chinook name łámał 'those of the river'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Klam·ath

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