[[t]ælˈgɒŋ ki ən, -kwi ən[/t]] also Al•gon•ki•an [[t]-ki ən[/t]] n.
1) peo a family of American Indian languages spoken by nearly all the peoples of NE North America except the Iroquoians, from Labrador S to North Carolina and W to Saskatchewan and the Mississippi River, and by several Plains Indian peoples, as the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Blackfoot
2) peo a member of an Algonquian-speaking people

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