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(mə-hē′kən) also Mo·hi·can (mō-, mə-)
n. pl. Mahican or Ma·hi·cans also Mohican or Mo·hi·cans
1. A member of a Native American confederacy of subtribes formerly inhabiting the upper Hudson River valley, with present-day populations in Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
2. The Algonquian language of the Mahican.


n, pl -cans or -can
1. (Peoples) a variant of Mohican
2. (Languages) a variant of Mohican


(məˈhi kən)

n., pl. -cans, (esp. collectively) -can.
1. a member of an American Indian people who lived in the middle and upper Hudson River valley in the 17th century.
2. the extinct Eastern Algonquian language of the Mahican.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mahican - a member of the Algonquian people formerly living in the Hudson valley and eastward to the HousatonicMahican - a member of the Algonquian people formerly living in the Hudson valley and eastward to the Housatonic
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.Mahican - the Algonquian language spoken by the MohicanMahican - the Algonquian language spoken by the Mohican
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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Mahican made a good start to his National Hunt career with victory over this course and distance in December and he can follow up in the racinguk.
18) For example, the Mahican Indians in the Northeast marked out well-defined tracts of land that were possessed and farmed by family groups and passed within the family group to the next generation.
45) The Mohawks then took further advantage of the opportunity and displayed their diplomatic superiority by dispatching a Mahican sachem to the Esopus region to attain the release of Dutch prisoners.
Penultimately, we obtain much pertinent information about cross-cultural exchanges by highlighting an early nineteenth-century Mahican who challenged the predominate racial thinking of his day.
For Jacques in diplomacy, see La Montagne to Stuyvesant, June 29, 1663, NYCD, 13:264-65; Meeting with Mohawk chiefs, July 18-19, 1666, LIR, 29-31; Meeting between envoys from Canada and the Mohawks, August 3-5,1666, LIR, 31-32; Negotiations with the Mohawks for the handing over of Mahican prisoners, June 4-6, 1677, LIR, 40-42; Negotiations between the agents of Maryland and Virginia and the Five Nations, July 21-August 22, 1677, LIR, 42-48; The Magistrates of Albany to Barent Janse, Commissary at Schenectady, June 26, 1682, ARSCM, 3:264.
Pap-scan-ee--Looking east towards Massachusetts (circa 1600), a lone Mahican tribesman makes his way back towards his summer camp on the Papscanee Creek, a tributary to the Hudson River.
As for hair, the mohawk was traditionally worn by members of the Mahican, Mohawk, Huron and other American Indian tribes in the Great Lakes region.
Laurence Hauptman of SUNY New Paltz, a nationally known expert on Iroquois, Mahican and Lenape cultures.
Families among the Mahican Indians in the Northeast possessed hereditary rights to use well-defined tracts of garden land along the rivers.