Ath·a·bas·kan or Ath·a·bas·can (ăth′ə-băskən) also Ath·a·pas·can (-păs-)
1. A group of related North American Indian languages including the Apachean languages and languages of Alaska, northwest Canada, and coastal Oregon and California.
2. A member of an Athabaskan-speaking people.
[After Lake Athabasca from Cree athapaskaaw, there is scattered grass.]
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