Pronunciation: (shō-shō'nē-un, shō"shu-nē'un), [key]
—n., pl. -ans, (esp. collectively) -an for 2,
1. (in some, esp. earlier, classifications) a grouping of four branches of the Uto-Aztecan language family including Numic, Hopi, and several languages of southern California.
2. a member of a group speaking a Shoshonean language.
of or pertaining to the Shoshonean-speaking peoples or their languages.
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