Penutian


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Pe·nu·ti·an

 (pə-no͞o′tē-ən, -shən)
n.
A proposed stock of North American Indian languages spoken in Pacific coastal areas from California into British Columbia.

[From the reconstructed words for "two" in two of its subgroups.]

Penutian

(pɪˈnjuːtɪən; -ʃən)
n
1. (Languages) a family of North American Indian languages of the Pacific coast
2. (Languages) a phylum of languages of North and South America, including Araucanian, Chinook, Mayan, and Sahaptin
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Noun1.Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Copehan - a group of Penutian languages spoken to the west of the Sacramento river
Costanoan - a Penutian language spoken by the Costanoan
Mariposan, Yokuts - a Penutian language spoken by the Yokuts in the San Joaquin Valley
Moquelumnan, Miwok - a Penutian language spoken by the Miwok
Pujunan, Maidu - a Penutian language spoken by the Maidu
Chinookan, Chinook - a Penutian language spoken by the Chinook
Kalapooian, Kalapuyan - a Penutian language spoken by the Kalapuya
Kusan - a Penutian language spoken by the Kusan
Sahaptin, Shahaptian - a Penutian language spoken by the Shahaptian
Takilman, Takelma - a Penutian language spoken by the Takelma
Tsimshian - a Penutian language spoken by the Tsimshian
2.Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Chinook - a member of an important North American Indian people who controlled the mouth of the Columbia river; they were organized into settlements rather than tribes
Costanoan - a member of a North American Indian people living in coastal California between Monterey and San Francisco Bay
Calapooya, Calapuya, Kalapooia, Kalapuya - a member of the North American Indian people of Oregon
Kusan - a member of the North American Indian people of Oregon
Maidu - a member of a North American Indian people living east of the Sacramento river in California
Miwok - a member of the North American Indian people living in the central Sierra Nevada in California
Patwin - a member of the North American Indian people living in the Sacramento valley in California
Sahaptin, Sahaptino, Shahaptian - a member of a North American Indian people who lived in Oregon along the Columbia river and its tributaries in Washington and northern Idaho
Takelma - a member of a North American Indian people of southwestern Oregon
Tsimshian - a member of a Penutian people who lived on rivers and a sound in British Columbia
Wintun - a member of a North American Indian people living in the Sacramento valley in California
Yokuts - a member of the North American Indian people of the San Joaquin Valley
References in periodicals archive ?
Later, as an experienced linguist, he published some studies of Penutian languages (1971) and the classification of Athabaskan languages (1976).
Nilo-Saharan moveable -k as a Stage III article (with a Penutian typological parallel).
Though Tsimshian are linguistically considered an isolate, they have been most associated with a Penutian grouping or phylum (Thompson & Kinkade 1990) which would classify into the suggested Amerind language group proposed by Greenberg (1987).