Definition of Mahican in English:


Line breaks: Ma|hi¦can
Pronunciation: /ˈmahɪk(ə)n
(also Mohican)


1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Upper Hudson Valley in New York State. Compare with Mohegan.
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  • The US has hundreds of tribes of Native Americans, from the larger and familiar names of Apache, Sioux, Cherokee and Mohicans to the smaller and lesser-known Catawba, Kalispel and Quapaw.
  • Another ethnic group, the Mahicans, are descendants of American Indians who were brought to Saint David's Island from New York in the 1600s.
  • He even went to Boston and Plymouth to consolidate an alliance with the Sokoquis, the Pennacooks, and the Mahicans against the Iroquois.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Algonquian language of the Mahicans.
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  • The Indians of the lower Hudson Valley spoke a dialect identified as Munsee; those living along the river to the north spoke Mahican.
  • Munsee, Mahican and Unami were closely related to each other.


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Relating to the Mahicans or their language.
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  • Edward Baldwin's upstate New York roots were identified by the Oneida, Mohawk, Mohican, and Iroquois lodes.
  • Long a supporter of missionary effort and an advocate of Christianizing and ‘civilizing ‘Indians, Edwards in 1751 became a missionary to Mahican and Mohawk Indians at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.’
  • The Mahican language is no longer spoken, but the young people are trying to learn all about their history.


the name in Mahican, said to mean 'wolf'.

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