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1. Geology Late Proterozoic.
2. Variant of Algonquian.

[After the Algonkin Indians; see Algonquin.]


n, adj
1. (Geological Science) an obsolete term for Proterozoic
2. (Peoples) a variant of Algonquian
3. (Languages) a variant of Algonquian
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Algonkian - a member of a North American Indian people in the Ottawa river valley of Ontario and Quebec
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
2.Algonkian - the Algonquian language spoken by the Algonkian
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
Adj.1.Algonkian - of or relating to an Algonquian tribe or its people or language
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For example, the phrase "that cuts no ice with me" is actually a phrase from one of the Algonquian languages.
The original intention was to develop the books for Plains Cree, but to get them translated into other Algonquian languages, she said.
6) The morphosyntax of Algonquian languages is not necessarily as neatly organized as this suggests, see Rhodes 1994; Zuniga 2008.
Also, we learn that rediscovering how to pronounce Wampanoag words is accomplished by studying the pronunciation of the same or similar words in one or more of the Algonquian languages still spoken today--there were once three dozen Algonquian languages, including Wampanoag.
But their languages belong to a family of eastern Algonquian languages, some of which have both dictionaries and native speakers, which the team can mine for missing words and phrases, and for grammatical structure.
James Evans--an English-born immigrant-turned-missionary--inaugurated Canadian type design by developing an indigenous syllabic script for two closely related Algonquian languages, Ojibwa and Cree.
Nominal obviation has a more limited distribution, and is best known from the Algonquian languages.
The Illinois peoples spoke dialects of Miami-Illinois, one of the many Algonquian languages spoken over a vast region of northeastern North America by dozens of Native nations.
She (1994:19-22) asserted these images were signs, probably mostly polysemic metaphors, since Algonquian languages are metaphorical.
Many of the following words come from the Algonquian languages spoken over much of what is now the eastern United States: hickory, hominy, moose, succotash, terrapin, tomahawk, totem, woodchuck.