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Pow·ha·tan 1

 (pou′ə-tăn′, pou-hăt′n) Originally Wahunsonacock. 1550?-1618.
Algonquian leader who founded the Powhatan confederacy and maintained peaceful relations with English colonists after the marriage of his daughter Pocahontas to John Rolfe (1614).

Pow·ha·tan 2

 (pou′ə-tăn′, pou-hăt′n)
n. pl. Powhatan or Pow·ha·tans
1. A member of a confederacy of Native American peoples of eastern Virginia in the 1500s and 1600s, with present-day populations in the same area and in New Jersey.
2. The Algonquian language of the Powhatan, a dialect of Virginia Algonquian.

[After Powhatan.]


(ˌpaʊhəˈtæn; paʊˈhætən)
(Biography) American Indian name Wahunsonacock. died 1618, American Indian chief of a confederacy of tribes; father of Pocahontas


(ˈpaʊ əˌtæn, ˈpaʊˌhæt n)

c1550–1618, North American Indian chief in Virginia, father of Pocahontas.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Powhatan - Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern VirginiaPowhatan - Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern Virginia; father of Pocahontas (1550?-1618)
2.Powhatan - a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived in eastern Virginia
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
3.Powhatan - the Algonquian language of the Powhatan
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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the United States cruiser, Powhattan, was the first to salute the Occidental flag-white, with a wreath of green laurel in the middle encircling a yellow amarilla flower" (N 325).
battleship as Powhattan in Nostromo is politically significant because invoking the name of the conquered North American tribe suggests a repeated dispossession of the indigenous peoples in Costaguana, Conrad's imaginary country in South America.
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Here lies the Great Dismal Swamp, where European indentured servants fleeing bondage mixed their genes with those of the Powhattan Indians and escaped slaves, then later trekked west to Kentucky, and, when it became a slave state, headed to Illinois.
Haskell is going to let us use Powhattan Hall for those of us who can spend the flight" (p.