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Meaning of Na-Dene

Na-De•ne

Pronunciation: (nä-dā'nē, nä"dā-nā'), [key]
— n.
  1. a group of North American Indian languages, comprising the Athabaskan family, Eyak, Tlingit, and Haida, hypothetically considered to be descendants of a single protolanguage: the genetic relationship of either Tlingit or Haida to Athabaskan and Eyak is now disputed.
  2. the hypothesized protolanguage itself.
—adj.
  1. of, belonging to, or pertaining to Na-Dene.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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