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1A member of an American Indian confederacy formerly living in Nebraska, and now mainly in Oklahoma.
- ‘Since I was young, the Pawnees and the Comanches have been enemies.’
- ‘These groups included the Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa, Pawnee and the Sioux Nations.’
- ‘The Pawnees not only supplied directions and provisions for the Marsh expedition but entertainment as well, answering Grinnell's questions about their history and racing their horses against his.’
- ‘Of the Kansas Indians, there were the Kaws and Pawnees and still others.’
- ‘Trained as a scientist, not a moralist, Grinnell logged the words, actions, practices, history, and religious beliefs of Blackfeet, Pawnees, and Cheyennes as accurately and faithfully as possible.’
2mass noun The language of the Pawnee, belonging to the Caddoan family and now almost extinct.
- ‘The Caddoan language family includes the Caddo, Wichita, Pawnee, and Arikara languages, which are found on the central Plains.’
Relating to the Pawnee or their language.
- ‘An elder Pawnee dancer rested in the bleachers wearing the full regalia of a ‘Straight Dancer’.;’
- ‘His vivid portrayals of Huron, Apache and Pawnee warriors make history come alive.’
- ‘Indeed, the military force protecting the railroad builders included a troop of Pawnee scouts, who were highly regarded.’
- ‘Young Pawnee warriors proudly stole horses and scalps from their enemies, the Sioux.’
- ‘He initially printed Pawnee stories in the pages of his own magazine and then collected them in book form.’
From Canadian French Pani, from a North American Indian language.
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