Definition of Wakashan in English:

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Wakashan

Pronunciation: /wäˈkaSHən/

adjective

Relating to a small family of almost extinct American Indian languages of the northern Pacific coast, including Kwakiutl and Nootka.
Example sentences
  • The Salishan and Wakashan languages are the favorite candidates for languages lacking the noun/verb contrast, but there have been several other proposals.

noun

The Wakashan family of languages.
Example sentences
  • The ‘keepers of the language’ should be the language family - Algonquin, Athapaskan, Eskimo-Aleut, Haida, Iroquoian, Hutenai, Salishan, Siouan, Tlingit, Wakashan.

Origin

Formed by Captain Cook from Nootka wakash 'bravo!' + -an.

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