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Ath·a·bas·kanor Ath·a·bas·can (ăth′ə-băs′kən) also Ath·a·pas·can (-păs′-)
1. A group of related North American Indian languages including the Apachean languages and languages of Alaska, northwest Canada, and coastal Oregon and California.
2. A member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.
[After Lake Athabasca from Cree athapaskaaw, there is scattered grass.]
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|Noun||1.||Athabascan - a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)|
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Apache - the language of the Apache
Hupa - the Athapaskan language spoken by the Hupa
Mattole - the Athapaskan language spoken by the Mattole
|2.||Athabascan - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska|
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Apache - any member of Athapaskan tribes that migrated to the southwestern desert (from Arizona to Texas and south into Mexico); fought a losing battle from 1861 to 1886 with the United States and were resettled in Oklahoma
Chipewyan - a member of the Athapaskan people living in western Canada between Great Slave Lake and Hudson Bay
Hupa - a member of the Athapaskan people of the Trinity River valley in California
Mattole - a member of the Athapaskan people living in northwestern California