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Variant of Sahaptian.


(səˈhæp ti ən)

also Shahaptian

a family of American Indian languages comprising Sahaptin and Nez Percé.
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Noun1.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
Nez Perce - a member of a tribe of the Shahaptian people living on the pacific coast
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Shahaptian - a Penutian language spoken by the Shahaptian
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
Nez Perce - the Shahaptian language spoken by the Nez Perce
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To be even more specific, on the basis of its form and style of beaded decoration, it is almost certainly Nez Perce; an important Plateau group of Shahaptian linguistic stock who, of course, inhabit the present-day state of Idaho.