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Penutian Syllabification: Pe·nu·ti·an
Pronunciation: /pəˈno͞oSHən/ /-ˈno͞otēən/

Definition of Penutian in English:


A proposed phylum of American Indian languages including Chinook, Klamath, and Nez Percé, most of which are now extinct or nearly so. Some scholars include certain living languages of Central and South America, principally Mayan and Mapuche, in this group.
Example sentences
  • The Costanoans (which means "coast people" in Spanish) spoke Penutian and lived along California's Central Coast.
  • Eventually, the people who spoke Penutian arrived.


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Relating to Penutian languages or any of the peoples speaking them.
Example sentences
  • They speak a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language family, which is common among other Plateau groups in the mid-Columbia River region.
  • Some linguists have categorized it as a Penutian language.
  • The Penutian language group of Western America is related to the languages of the Maya and the Zoque of Mesoamerica.


From pen and uti, words for 'two' in two groups of Penutian languages + -an.

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