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Micmac

Syllabification: Mic·mac
Pronunciation: /ˈmikmak
 
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(also Mi'kmaq)

Definition of Micmac in English:

noun (plural same or Micmacs)

1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting the Maritime Provinces of Canada.
Example sentences
  • The part of Acadia between the Bay of Fundy and the St Lawrence became disputed territory, claimed by Mi'kmaqs, Maliseets, and Abenakis, supported by the French.
  • It's not clear how it came to be that the other two federally recognized tribes in Maine, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, never had representatives in the Legislature.
  • France did not recognize the oath and continued to regard the Acadians as French subjects, and Acadian relations with the Mi'kmaqs remained friendly.
2The Algonquian language of the Micmac.
Example sentences
  • A productive borrowing from Micmac through French is toboggan, a runnerless wooden sled still used by children.
  • 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 Micmac or their language.
Example sentences
  • Champlain singled out this site as early as 1608, one reason being that from a cape, cannons could be installed to control the narrows of this river leading upstream to the Great Lakes (‘Quebec’ means ‘narrows’ in the Micmac language).
  • At that time, after decades of waging an undeclared war with the Mi'kmaq, the colonial governments of Massachusetts and Nova Scotia formally declared war upon the Mi'kmaq Nation.
  • My community of Burnt Church felt that this right was meant not just for the individual, but for the entire Mi'kmaq Nation and especially for our community.

Origin

via French from the Micmac self-designation mīkəmaw.

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