1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Upper Hudson Valley in New York State. Compare with Mohegan.
- 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.
- 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.
Relating to the Mahicans or their language.
- 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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