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 (ō-jĭb′wā′, -wə) also O·jib·way (-wā′) or O·jib·we (-wĕ)
n. pl. Ojibwa or O·jib·was also Ojibway or O·jib·ways or Ojibwe or O·jib·wes
1. A member of a Native American people originally located north of Lake Huron before moving westward in the 1600s and 1700s into Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, western Ontario, and Manitoba, with later migrations onto the northern Great Plains in North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan.
2. The Algonquian language of the Ojibwa. In both senses also called Chippewa.

[Ojibwa ojibwe.]
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npl -was or -wa
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people living in a region west of Lake Superior
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
Also: Chippewa
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(oʊˈdʒɪb weɪ, -wə)

also O•jib•way


n., pl. -was also -ways, (esp. collectively) -wa also -way.
1. a member of an American Indian people of Canada and the U.S., living principally in a region around Lakes Huron and Superior, extending W and N of Lake Superior to Saskatchewan and N Ontario.
2. the Algonquian language shared by the Ojibwa, Ottawa, and Algonquins.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ojibwa - a member of an Algonquian people who lived west of Lake SuperiorOjibwa - a member of an Algonquian people who lived west of Lake Superior
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
Buffalo Indian, Plains Indian - a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
2.Ojibwa - the Algonquian language spoken by the Ojibwa
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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References in classic literature ?
In the Ojibwa tongue, disaster; an unexpected affliction that strikes hard.
He reported twenty Iroquois, two Nipissings (Ojibwas from Oka), one Cree and three mixed bloods among the variety of people in his brigade.
The Ojibwas noticed the shape of a large river bend in Wisconsin and named it Sheboygan, or "big pipe." And the Wintu tribe of California named a large mountain Bully Choop, meaning "high, sharp peak."
Corcan is also building a two- storey duplex at Frontenac Institution and a bungalow at Beaver Creek Institution for the Ojibwas of Whitefish River First Nation, Ontario.
We learned that the Ojibwas believe that both good and bad dreams are present in the night sky; the Dream Catcher sifts out the bad dreams and guides the good ones down to the sleeper's consciousness.
The area around Detroit and across the river in Ontario had hosted small groups of Ojibwas, Hurons, and Ottawas; the last had once taken up arms against the British in 1763, led by their leader Pontiac.
While they dealt with Crows, Cheyennes, and Pawnees in the South, in the North they dealt with Assiniboines, Ojibwas, Crees, and Blackfoot.
Historical observers, the author points out, often were puzzled by the insistence of Ojibwas and other northern bands that their livelihood was hunting when, in fact, it seems the bulk of their food supply came from fishing.
Although most Native American literatures were transmitted orally, some tribes in North America, such as the Ojibwas and tribes on the Plains and Northwest Coast, made pictographic records.