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 (äb-nä′kē, ăb-)
Variant of Abenaki.


npl -ki or -kis
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Maine and Quebec
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family


(ˌæb əˈnæk i, ˌɑ bəˈnɑ ki)

also Abnaki,

n., pl. -kis, (esp. collectively) -ki.
1. a member of a grouping of American Indian peoples of S Quebec and Maine, earlier also of New Hampshire, and in some usages including peoples of the Maritime Provinces.
2. any of the Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Abnaki - a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern QuebecAbnaki - a member of the Algonquian people of Maine and southern Quebec
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; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
2.Abnaki - the Algonquian language spoken by the Abnaki and PenobscotAbnaki - the Algonquian language spoken by the Abnaki and Penobscot
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
Adj.1.Abnaki - of or relating to the Abnakis or their language
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American Babel: Literatures of the United States from Abnaki to Zuni.
Still, an early-18th-century French Jesuit in Maine, Pere Sebastian Rasles, shares life among the Abnaki Indians, "TOUCHING them every day," struggling to learn their energetic language.
The later was discovered in the vocal religious repertoire adapted by French Jesuits of Canada for the uses of Saint-Francis Mission's Abnaki during the last quarter of 17th century.
An Abnaki Indian invention, the weatherstick can foretell balmy or rainy weather.
My mother's side of the family was of Abnaki (Wabnaki) roots.