Definition of Abnaki in English:
noun (plural same or Abnakis)
1A member of a North American Indian people of Maine on the Atlantic coast to southern Quebec.
- 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.
2Either or both of two Algonquian languages, Eastern Abnaki and Western Abnaki, now nearly extinct.
- 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.
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Relating to the Abnaki or their language.
- 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.
From French Abénaqui, from Eastern Abnaki.
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