One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A river in the northeastern US that rises in the Catskill Mountains in New York and flows south for about 280 miles (450 km) to northern Delaware, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean at Delaware Bay. For much of its length it forms the eastern border of Pennsylvania.
2A state in the eastern US, on the Atlantic coast;; population 873,092 (est. 2008); capital, Dover; statehood, Dec. 7, 1787 (1). One of the original thirteen states, it was the first to ratify the US Constitution.
1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Delaware River valley of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
- ‘This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos, Delawares, and Shawnees lived.’
- ‘An attack on an outlying settlement in January 1791 had prompted more than four years of conflict with the local Delawares and Wyandots.’
- ‘During the mid - eighteenth century, for example, the Mohawks considered their dependents, the Delawares, to be ‘women,’ while classing themselves as ‘men.’’
- ‘Pontiac himself claimed to have waged war ‘solely on repeated invitations made me by the Delawares, Iroquois, and Shawnees.’’
- ‘Among the tribes represented were Delawares, Iroquois, Wyandots, Miamis, Ottawas, Pottawattamies, Creeks, Sac and Fox, Choctaw.’
2Either of two Algonquian languages (Munsi and Unami) spoken by this people.
Relating to the Delaware or their languages.
- ‘Its name comes from a Delaware Indian word meaning ‘on the great plain’ and its 253,500 sq. kilometres range from Rocky snow peaks to hot springs to truly great plains.’
- ‘Wyoming is a word derived from a Delaware word which meant ‘extensive flats’ or ‘great bottom lands’.’
- ‘During his very active life Zeisberger managed to publish several works in the Delaware tongue.’
- ‘This Delaware parentage is supported by linguistic, cultural, and geographical evidence, as well as many traditions among the Algonquians.’
Named after the River Delaware (see Delaware).
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