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A family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Nootka and other peoples of Washington and British Columbia.
[Alteration of Wakashian, nonce-word used to describe the Nootka by Captain James Cook in his account of the Pacific Northwest : Nootka wa·ka·š, good (considered by Cook to be the characteristic exclamation of the Nootka ) + -ian.]
1. (Languages) a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington, including Kwakiutl and Nootka
2. (Peoples) a speaker of any of these languages
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|Noun||1.||Wakashan - a member of one of the peoples in British Columbia and Washington who speak the Wakashan language|
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Kwakiutl - a member of the Wakashan people living around Queen Charlotte Sound and on northern Vancouver Island
Nootka - a member of the Wakashan people living on Vancouver Island and in the Cape Flattery region of northwestern Washington
|2.||Wakashan - a family of North American Indian languages of British Columbia and Washington|
Mosan - a family of Amerindian languages spoken in Washington and British Columbia
Kwakiutl - a Wakashan language spoken by the Kwakiutl
Nootka - a Wakashan language spoken by the Nootka