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1A member of an American Indian people originally of Rhode Island, few of whom now remain.
- ‘In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.’
- ‘It's a word meaning boiled corn, taken from the Narragansett Indians in Rhode Island.’
- ‘This New England minister's wife was captured by Narragansetts in 1676 and held for eleven weeks before she was ransomed, later publishing an account of her experiences.’
- ‘Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.’
- ‘A violent confrontation between Rhode Island State troopers and members of the Narragansett Indian tribe.’
2mass noun The extinct Algonquian language of the Narragansett.
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