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- a family of North American Indian languages, including Chipewyan, Hupa, and Navajo
- a member of any of the peoples speaking these languages
designating or of these peoples or their languages or cultures
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or Ath·a·bas·can also Ath·a·pas·cannoun
- A group of related North American Indian languages including the Apachean languages and languages of Alaska, northwest Canada, and coastal Oregon and California.
- A member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.
Origin: After Lake Athabasca from Cree athapaskaaw, there is scattered grass.
- Athˌa·basˈkan adjective