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1A dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania, chiefly by descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland.
- ‘By ‘smear-case’ he meant Smierkase, a Pennsylvania Dutch term.’
- ‘I quickly made a virus called Heevahava, the name being a Pennsylvania Dutch pejorative for a simpleton, colloquially - a farmhand given the job of harvesting sperm from a bull.’
- ‘The Amish speak English, German, and a dialect known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch.’
2as plural noun the Pennsylvania Dutch" or "the Pennyslvania GermansThe German-speaking inhabitants of Pennsylvania, descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants from the Rhineland.
Dutch from German Deutsch ‘German’.
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