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Definition of the noun abenaki

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noun - plural: Abenakis

  1. a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of Abenaki: Abnaki
    • more generic words: Algonquian / Algonquin = a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada

Alternative definition of the noun abenaki

proper noun

  1. A complex of dialects of one of the Eastern Algonquian languages, originally spoken in what is now Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Quebec.
  2. The Eastern Abenaki (Penobscot) or especially the Western Abenaki language.
  3. A member of an Algonquian First People from northeastern North America (the Abenakis).


  1. Abenaki a.k.a. Abenaki language: Abenaki, or Abnaki, is a nearly extinct Algonquian language of Quebec and Maine. There were two varieties, Eastern and Western, which differ in vocabulary and phonology, and are sometimes considered distinct languages.
  2. Abenaki a.k.a. Abnaki, Eastern Language is an human language.

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Google previewThe Original Vermonters (1994)

Native Inhabitants, Past and Present by William A. Haviland, Marjory W. Power

The Montagnais' name for these southeasterners was "Dawn Land People," and Abenaki is a corruption of the Montagnais word. The Abenakis of whom the Montagnais spoke lived in what today is the state of Maine, and by 1637 it had ...

Google previewReading the Mountains of Home (1998)

by John Elder

Abenaki is the collective name for a number of Native peoples in Vermont, New Hampshire, Quebec, and Maine. The "People of the Dawn" — so named because they could see the sunrise before anyone else on the continent — seem ...

Google previewAn Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1898)

by Walter William Skeat

Abenaki is a dialect of the Algonquin race of N. American Indians, spoken in Lower Canada and Maine. SKIT, the clouds, the heavens. (Scand.) M. E. skie, skye, in the sense of' cloud ;' Chaucer, Ho. of Fame, iii. 510. Used in the mod. general ...

Google previewColonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History (2016)

An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History by James Ciment

In addition to disease, Europeans brought new religions and technologies to Abenaki country. The fur trade flourished, with Abenakis bringing in beaver pelts for manufactured cloth, glass bottles and mirrors, metal goods, and wampum (a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Native American Tribes (2009)

by Carl Waldman

Abenaki, pronounced AB-eh-nah-kee, can be translated from the Algonquian language as “those living at the sunrise,” “people of the dawn land,” or “ easterners.” (The Algonquian word itself is wapanahki; alternative spellings include Abnaki, ...

Google previewThe Vermont Encyclopedia (2003)

by John J. Duffy, Samuel B. Hand, Ralph H. Orth

Abenaki A term used by the French meaning "Eastern Indians," Abenaki is probably derived from the seventeenth-century Innu or Montagnais term for people living in Northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes. It is cognate to the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Colonial America (2011)

by William Pencak

ABENAKI. The Indians who lived in northern New England, southeastern Quebec , and what became the maritime provinces of Canada were known as the Abenaki. They were divided into about 20 eastern (coastal) and western ( Connecticut ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages (2008)

by Christopher Moseley

Abenaki [42, 43]isa nearly extinct Eastern Algonquian dialect complex, originally spokenfrom Massachusetts totheSt Lawrence River valley, including mostof presentday northernNew England andparts of Quebec.Two dialectareas, oremergent ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of New England (2017)

by Peter C. Holloran

ABENAKI. “People of the sunrise,” the name of the Native American people (also called the Wabanaki) most numerous in northern New England. The Eastern Abenaki formed a confederacy of Algonquian-speaking tribes in Maine and New ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian Costume (1996)

by Josephine Paterek

The name Abenaki is a corruption of a Montagnais word meaning "dawn land people." The Eastern Abenaki lived in Maine along the coast and inland; the major tribe was the Penobscot (discussed later in this chapter). The Western Abenaki ...

Google previewThe British Museum Encyclopedia of Native North America (1999)

by Rayna Green, Melanie Fernandez

The name Abenaki refers to the 'People of the Dawn Land', a number of Algonquian- speaking peoples (including Pennacook, Penobscot, Sokokis, Pigwacket, Norridgewock, Kennebec, Androscoggin and Wawenock). They lived in the area ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Indian History [4 volumes] (2007)

by Bruce E. Johansen, Barry M. Pritzker

The Abenakis were a group of Algonquin tribes, sometimes discussed as Eastern Abenaki (including Kennebecs, Penobscots, Arosagunticooks, and Pigwackets) and Western Abenakis (including Penacooks, Winnipesaukees, and Sokokis).

Google previewA Native American Encyclopedia (2000)

History, Culture, and Peoples by Barry Pritzker

There was also a seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Abenaki Confederacy consisting of these and other tribes, such as the Maliseet, Micmac, and Passamaquoddy. See also Maliseet; Micmac; Passamaquoddy; Penobscot. location ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Massachusetts Indians (1998)

by Donald Ricky

Western Abenaki was still spoken in 1973 in Odanak. Pennacook was derived from the Massachusetts Algonquian words for "crooked river" or "the place where the river bends." Abenaki (sometimes Abnaki) means "eastern" or "dawn" people.

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Small photo of Ogunquit, Maine - August 27, 2016: A Green Kayak Docking on the Ogunquit Beach, Maine. Ogunquit was named by the Abenaki tribe, because the word means "beautiful place by the sea"Small photo of Ogunquit Beach on a Sunny Afternoon, Ogunquit, Maine, USA. Ogunquit was named by the Abenaki tribe, because the word means a beautiful place by the sea.Small photo of Ogunquit Beach on a Sunny Afternoon, Ogunquit, Maine, USA. Ogunquit was named by the Abenaki tribe, because the word means a beautiful place by the sea. More...

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