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De·nealso Dé·né (dā′nē, dā-nā′)
n. (used with a pl. verb)
The Athabaskan-speaking peoples of northwest Canada and inland Alaska considered as a group.
n. Chiefly British
A sandy tract or dune by the seashore.
[Possibly East Frisian düne, a sand dune; akin to dune.]
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(Physical Geography) Brit a valley, esp one that is narrow and wooded
[Old English denu valley; see den]
(Physical Geography) dialect chiefly Southern English a sandy stretch of land or dune near the sea
[C13: probably related to Old English dūn hill; see down3]
(Peoples) the North American Indian peoples of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories in Canada. The official body representing them is called the Dene Nation
[via French déné, from Athapascan dene people]
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a sandy tract or low hill.
[1815–20; earlier den, in same sense, Middle English (in phrase den and strond); of uncertain orig.]
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