Definition of Kickapoo in English:



  • 1A member of a North American people formerly living in Wisconsin, and now in Kansas, Oklahoma, and northern central Mexico.

    • ‘The Kickapoos were at the battle of Tippecanoe in considerable numbers, and fought with frenzied courage.’
    • ‘The heirs were Kickapoos who had received allotments in the same reservation in their own right.’
    • ‘In Texas, only three federally-recognized tribes remain, the Alabama Coushatta Tribe on the eastern border, the Ysleta del Sur on the southwestern border and the Kickapoo in Eagle Pass, Tex.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the Kickapoos remain among the most traditional of all North American Indian groups.’
    • ‘This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos, Delawares, and Shawnees lived.’
    • ‘Not until the twentieth century did the Kickapoos receive just treatment at the hands of the United States government.’
    • ‘In 1838, the Battle Creek Fight engaged Kickapoo Indians with determined Texans, and these struggles continued throughout 1839, as the Kickapoo, Cherokee, and Shawnee united together against Texans.’
    • ‘In this letter, Reading Wood Black proposes to negotiate a treaty to persuade the Kickapoos to leave the area.’
    • ‘The first location of the Kickapoos in Kansas was on the southeast corner of their reservation, near Fort Leavenworth.’
    • ‘The Kickapoos quirted their ponies upslope from the creek bed, charging the horse herd and its startled guards.’
    • ‘Determined to return to Illinois, Black Hawk in April 1832 led dissident Sauks, Mesquakies, and Kickapoos back across the Mississippi, setting off the short-lived Black Hawk War.’
    • ‘Note also that in 1839, the Kickapoo and the Shawnee were allied together in Texas during the Cherokee War.’
    • ‘The predominant Indian tribes in the Navarro County area were the Kickapoos, and Comanches.’
    • ‘Considered the most traditional of all North American Indian tribes, the Kickapoo maintain much of their traditional culture, religion, and language.’
    • ‘In 1983, they were joined by another party of Kickapoo who had become dissatisfied with the reservation life in Kansas.’
    • ‘Historically recorded groups include Apaches, Comanches, Kickapoos, and Kiowas.’
    • ‘Several tribes, especially the Cherokees and Creeks in the South and the Shawnees, Kickapoos, Miamis, and others north of the Ohio River, held substantial military power.’
    • ‘The first removal of the Kickapoos was to the State of Missouri, living there on the Osage River.’
  • 2mass noun The Algonquian language of the Kickapoo, now nearly extinct.


  • Relating to the Kickapoo or their language.

    • ‘This diorama shows a reconstruction of the lifeway of the historic Kickapoo people in Illinois.’
    • ‘Here is a picture of a Kickapoo wickiup and some more information about wickiups and other Indian brush shelters.’
    • ‘As a result the Kickapoo people are unable to safely drink, bathe or cook with tap water.’
    • ‘Adjacent to the Village of LaFarge is the Kickapoo Valley Reserve - 8,600 acres of natural beauty.’
    • ‘Though the Kickapoo tribe sold the land to the federal government in 1815, the Miamis argued that the area really wasn't theirs to sell: the Miamis already owned it.’
    • ‘Those houses were traditional Kickapoo style houses, something many people did not understand.’


From Kickapoo kiikaapoa.