Denoting or belonging to a postulated phylum of North American Indian languages including the Athabaskan family, Tlingit, and (in some classifications) Haida.
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- The Athabaskan language family is one of three families within the Na-Dene language phylum.
- Basque may be the remnant language of the Cro-Magnon (who lived 30,000 to 40,000 years ago), which evolved into Caucasian, Sino-Tibetan and Na-Dene (Apache, Navajo, and Athabaskan) languages.
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early 20th century: from Tlingit naa 'tribe' (related to Haida náa 'dwell') + North Athabaskan dene 'tribe'.
Definition of Na-Dene in:
- The US English dictionary