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Related to Athapaskan: Athapascan
or Ath•a•bas•can(ˌæθ əˈbæs kən)
1. a family of American Indian languages spoken or formerly spoken in inland Alaska and NW Canada, and by peoples of W Oregon and NW California, as the Hupa, and the U.S. Southwest, as the Apache and Navajo.
2. a member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.
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|Noun||1.||Athapaskan - 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
|2.||Athapaskan - 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