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Nar·ra·gan·sett 1

also Nar·ra·gan·set  (năr′ə-găn′sĭt)
n. pl. Narragansett or Nar·ra·gan·setts also Narraganset or Nar·ra·gan·sets
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting Rhode Island west of Narragansett Bay. The Narragansett were nearly exterminated during King Philip's War in 1675-1676.
2. The Algonquian language of the Narragansett.

[From a Narragansett place name.]

Nar′ra·gan′sett adj.

Nar·ra·gan·sett 2

A Narragansett turkey.


(ˌnærəˈɡænsɪt) or Narragansett
npl -set, -sets, -sett or -setts
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family


(ˌnær əˈgæn sɪt)

n., pl. -setts, (esp. collectively) -sett.
1. a member of an American Indian people of Rhode Island.
2. the extinct Eastern Algonquian language of the Narragansett.
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EPA's New England office formally acknowledged the Narraganset facility for its fine work during the annual New England Water Environment Association Conference last month.
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THE NARRAGANSET CALLED THE FISH munnawhatteaug, "that which manures," soon corrupted to "menhaden" by the English colonists.
Local Rhode Island newspaper the Narraganset Times recently reported that the school district of South Kingstown, RI is considering a measure that would ban school buses from idling in school parking lots while waiting for children to board.
Native Americans of the Narraganset tribe used the berries of the wild plant they called sasemineash to form their staple food pemmican, a type of dried jerky composed of pounded meat or fish and berries.
Blount had already established the family name in the Narraganset Bay area oyster trade.