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1A member of a North American Indian people living on the border of Oregon and California.
2The extinct language of the Modoc, a dialect of Klamath (or Klamath–Modoc), which is hypothesized to be part of the Penutian superfamily.
Of, relating to, or designating the Modoc.
Mid 19th century. From Klamath mo:wat'a:k, lit. ‘in the extreme south’, a name for Tule Lake in the centre of the Modoc territory.
A person who takes up aviation for reasons of self-publicity or social prestige.
1930s. Origin unknown: see quot. 1931.
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