Definition of Penutian in English:

Penutian

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a proposed superfamily or phylum of North American languages including Chinook, Klamath, and Nez Percé, most of which are now extinct or nearly so. Some scholars include certain living languages of Central and South America, principally Mayan and Mapuche, in this group.

    • ‘The Penutian language group of Western America is related to the languages of the Maya and the Zoque of Mesoamerica.’
    • ‘Some linguists have categorized it as a Penutian language.’
    • ‘They speak a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language family, which is common among other Plateau groups in the mid-Columbia River region.’

noun

mass noun
  • The Penutian family of languages.

    • ‘The Costanoans (which means "coast people" in Spanish) spoke Penutian and lived along California's Central Coast.’
    • ‘Eventually, the people who spoke Penutian arrived.’

Origin

From pen and uti, words for ‘two’ in two groups of Penutian languages + -an.

Pronunciation

Penutian

/pəˈnuːʃ(ə)n//pəˈnuːtɪən/