Definition of Abnaki in English:

Abnaki

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Pronunciation: /abˈnaki
 
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(also Abenaki /abəˈnaki/)

noun (plural same or Abnakis)

1A member of an American Indian people of Maine and southern Quebec.
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  • Also, the Abenakis and other Native American societies injected a volatile element in the economic and military relations between the competing empires.
  • The reader may well sympathize with the general, especially when Anderson puts in a reminder about William Henry but says nothing about why British soldiers at Louisbourg are getting killed by Micmacs and Abenakis… and Acadians.
  • In the east, the French supported the Abenakis, who fought against New England to preserve their land.
2 [mass noun] Either or both of the two extinct Algonquian languages ( Eastern Abnaki and Western Abnaki) of the Abnaki.
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  • The Penobscot dialect of Eastern Abnaki is extinct.
  • Penobscot (Eastern Abnaki, Penawahpskewi, Penobscott) Language: Abnaki is an Algonquian language spoken today by only a few elders in Canada.
  • They are part of the Algonquian language family that, in Quebec, includes the Montagnais-Naskapi, Micmac, Malecite, and Abenaki.

adjective

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Relating to the Abnaki or their language.
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  • The name Eskimo was given to these people by neighboring Abnaki Indians and means ‘eaters of raw flesh.’
  • Being of Abnaki background himself, Perkins wanted to immerse himself in the forest lore.
  • Alanis Obomsawin was born on Abenaki territory in Lebanon, New Hampshire on August 31, 1932.

Origin

from French Abénaqui, from Montagnais ouabanăkionek 'people of the eastern land'.

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