Penutian [puh-noo-tee-uh n, -shuh n] Word Origin noun
- a group of American Indian language families of central and coastal California, including Wintu, Maidu, Yokuts, Miwok, and Costanoan, thought to be descendants of a single protolanguage spoken at a remote period.
- any of several other hypothesized genetic groupings of languages that include these languages and, in addition, otherwise unclassified languages of the Pacific Northwest, Columbia River plateau, Mexico, and Central America.
- of or relating to Penutian.
Origin of Penutian 1913; pen + uti, schematized bases for “two” in Maidu-Wintu-Yokuts and Miwok-Costanoan, respectively + -an British Dictionary definitions for penutian Penutian noun
- a family of North American Indian languages of the Pacific coast
- a phylum of languages of North and South America, including Araucanian, Chinook, Mayan, and Sahaptin