noun (plural same or Comanches)
1A member of an American Indian people of the south-western US. The Comanche were among the first to acquire horses (from the Spanish) and resisted white settlers fiercely.
- Dragging them from their wide open spaces into captivity is akin to the American scandal of driving Comanches and other Plains Indians onto reservations.
- Pueblo auxiliaries were often required to fight with Spanish troops against either Apaches, Navajos, Utes, or Comanches, depending upon Spanish Indian policies and alliances at any given time.
- Between 1866 and 1891 these men participated in several notable campaigns against Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Apaches, and Lakotas.
2 [mass noun] The Uto-Aztecan language of the Comanche, now virtually extinct.
- He researched the vocabulary of six very different languages - English and Spanish, two Asian languages, Comanche, and the language of a non-literate community in Siberia.
- He knelt by her and offered her a loaf of bread, she smiled gratefully and - murmuring words in Comanche - took it.
- He chanted in Latin but claimed it was Comanche.
Relating to the Comanche or their language.
- As explained in the catalogue, it is difficult to distinguish Kiowa from Comanche cradles because the two tribes shared the same reservation and presumably traded, sold, or gave cradles to one another.
- They were of the Shoshonean Comanche stock, and depended on the land for all their needs.
- The modern horse history and that of the post-European Native Americans are intertwined, such as Comanche horsemen, the Cheyenne's traditional Paint horses and the Nez Perce Apaloose.
Spanish, from Comanche.
Words that rhyme with Comanchebanshee
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