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n. pl. Nanticoke or Nan·ti·cokes
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting Delaware and eastern Maryland between Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast.
2. The Algonquian language of the Nanticoke.


(ˈnæn tɪˌkoʊk)

n., pl. -cokes, (esp. collectively) -coke.
1. a member of an American Indian people who lived in the central Delmarva Peninsula in the 17th century.
2. the extinct Eastern Algonquian language of the Nanticokes.
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Noun1.Nanticoke - a member of the Algonquian people formerly of Maryland and eastern Delaware
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.Nanticoke - the Algonquian language spoken by the Nanticoke and Conoy
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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Of the Lenni Lenape, or as they were called by the whites, from the circumstances of their holding their great council-fire on the banks of that river, the Delaware nation, the principal tribes, besides that which bore the generic name, were the Mahicanni, Mohicans, or Mohegans, and the Nanticokes, or Nentigoes.
I talked with the Nanticokes and other Indian people about what they would like to see covered in such a course and concentrated on issues and questions they suggested.
There was a local Indian group--the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, recognized by the state of Delaware since the 1880s, but I ignored them and convinced myself that they were not "real" Indians.
Suggesting that the formal adoption of these "Younger Brothers," the Tuteloes and the Nanticokes, was a political ploy managed by Johnson and designed to inflate the Iroquois sovereign status within the perception of the English, Conrad Weiser, the Pennsylvania Indian agent and interpreter, was skeptical of the league's actions and motives.
To the north, however, the Nanticokes participated in the larger Indian world with trade networks that extended to the western shore and north into Iroquoia (p.
The Nanticokes fought this categorization into the mid-twentieth century, succeeding in being recognized legally as Indians and maintaining their own schools, separate from both whites and blacks.