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Pe·nob·scot

 (pə-nŏb′skət, -skŏt′)
n. pl. Penobscot or Pe·nob·scots
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting Penobscot Bay and the Penobscot River valley in Maine. The Penobscot, who joined the Abenaki confederacy in the mid-1700s, are represented in the Maine legislature by a nonvoting delegate.
2. The Algonquian language of the Penobscot, a dialect of Eastern Abenaki.

[From a Penobscot place name.]

Pe·nob′scot adj.

Pe•nob•scot

(pəˈnɒb skɒt, -skət)

n., pl. -scots, (esp. collectively) -scot for 2a.
1. a river flowing S from central Maine into Penobscot Bay. 350 mi. (565 km) long.
2.
a. a member of an American Indian people of the Penobscot River valley.
b. the Eastern Algonquian language of the Penobscot, a dialect of Eastern Abenaki.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Penobscot - a member of the Algonquian people belonging to the Abnaki confederacy and living in the Penobscot valley in northern MainePenobscot - a member of the Algonquian people belonging to the Abnaki confederacy and living in the Penobscot valley in northern Maine
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.Penobscot - a river in central Maine flowing into Penobscot BayPenobscot - a river in central Maine flowing into Penobscot Bay
Maine, ME, Pine Tree State - a state in New England
References in classic literature ?
I have seen Penobscot Indians, in this town, living in tents of thin cotton cloth, while the snow was nearly a foot deep around them, and I thought that they would be glad to have it deeper to keep out the wind.
the Mashpee, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Indians of New England 69-141
Written by a teacher who is both Penobscot and Ho-Chunk, "Kunu's Basket" is a beautiful book that teaches about the lives of modern Penobscot Indians on Indian Island, very appropriate for both children and adults interested in Native American traditions and history.