Definitions for na-denenɑˈdeɪ ni, ˌnɑ deɪˈneɪ
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Na-De•nenɑˈdeɪ ni, ˌnɑ deɪˈneɪ(n.)
a proposed genetic grouping of American Indian languages that includes the Athabaskan family, Tlingit, and Haida.
Origin of Na-Dene:
1915; Haida na to live, house, Tlingit na people, Athabaskan *-ne in dene, repr. a word in Athabaskan languages for “person, people”
a family of North American Indian languages
A major language family consisting of Tlingit, Eyak and the Athabascan languages, spoken in large parts of North America.
Origin: Coined by in 1915, from naa and dene, both meaning people or tribe.