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 (sä-hăp′tĭn) also Sha·hap·tin (shä-)
n. pl. Sahaptin or Sa·hap·tins also Shahaptin or Sha·hap·tins
1. A member of any of various Native American peoples of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
2. The dialectally diverse Sahaptian language of the Sahaptin.

[Southern Interior Salish s'aptnx.]


(sɑːˈhæptɪn) ,




npl -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan or -tian
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
2. (Languages) the language of this people
Ancient name: Shahaptin


(səˈhæp tən)

n., pl. -tins, (esp. collectively) -tin for 1.
1. a member of any of a group of American Indian peoples of the Columbia River plateau in Washington and Oregon.
2. the speech of these people, often regarded as divergent dialects of a single language.
[< Southern Interior Salish sˁaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sahaptin - a member of a North American Indian people who lived in Oregon along the Columbia river and its tributaries in Washington and northern Idaho
Nez Perce - a member of a tribe of the Shahaptian people living on the pacific coast
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
2.Sahaptin - a Penutian language spoken by the Shahaptian
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
Nez Perce - the Shahaptian language spoken by the Nez Perce
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The Plateau culture area can be roughly divided into the North Plateau- British Columbian tribes such as the Okanogan, Nlaka'pamux, Secwepemc, and Sinixt tribes; the Central Plateau- Salish speaking tribes such as the Spokane, Colville, Coeur d'Alene, and Flathead/Salish; and the Southern Plateau- mainly Sahaptan speakers, some of which are the Yakama tribes, Nez Perce, and Umatilla.