Definition of Wyandot in English:


Line breaks: Wy¦an|dot
Pronunciation: /ˈwʌɪəndɒt
(also Wyandotte)


  • 1A member of an American Indian community formed by Huron-speaking peoples, originally in Ontario, now living mainly in Oklahoma and Quebec.
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    • Among the tribes represented were Delawares, Iroquois, Wyandots, Miamis, Ottawas, Pottawattamies, Creeks, Sac and Fox, Choctaw.
    • An attack on an outlying settlement in January 1791 had prompted more than four years of conflict with the local Delawares and Wyandots.
    • The chiefs and clan mothers of the Wyandot from Kansas, the Huron Wendat of Wendake, Que., and the Wendats from Michigan, joined the Wyandottes of Oklahoma for a ceremonial canoe trip down the Wye River.
  • 2 [mass noun] The extinct Iroquoian language of the Wyandot.
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    • This is a modern reprint of John Johnston's 1820 vocabulary of Wyandot (Huron), an unfortunately extinct Iroquoian Indian language.
    • These clan names are all expressed in Wyandot, words so long and hard to properly pronounce that they are omitted here.
  • 3 (usually Wyandotte) A domestic chicken of a medium-sized American breed.
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    • Six laying hefts follow her everywhere - two each of the Buff Orpington, Silver-laced Wyandotte and White Leghorn breeds.
    • The Plymouth Rock was developed from Cochin, Dorking, and Malay stock; the Wyandotte, a utility bird, had Cochin, Hamburgh, and Sebright bantam genes.
    • In September 1945, and a five half month old Wyandotte rooster was pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado when its owner decided to prepare him for the pot.


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  • Relating to the Wyandot people or their language.
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    • The Wyandot language has no native speakers today, so these vocabulary words come from early 19th-century sources and their pronunciation is uncertain.
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mid 18th century: from French Ouendat, from Huron Wendat.

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