Origin: after the Wichita (cf. Caddo wí·c'ita, Osage wícita), a Caddoan people who relocated in a village at the site of the city in Kansas as Civil War refugees (1862-67)
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noun pl. Wichita or Wich·i·tas
- a. A Native American confederacy formerly inhabiting south-central Kansas and later moving southward into Oklahoma and Texas, with a present-day population in southwest Oklahoma.b. A member of this confederacy.
- The Caddoan language of the Wichita.
Origin: Caddo wííc'ita.