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Appalachian

in reference to the North American mountain range, c. 1600, Mountaynes Apalatsi; written apalachen by Spanish explorers and originally in reference only to the southern end of the range. Originally the name of the Apalachee, a Muskogean people of northwestern Florida, perhaps from Apalachee abalahci "other side of the river" or Hitchiti (Muskogean) apalwahči "dwelling on one side." The spelling shifted under influence of adjectives in -ian.

updated on September 23, 2022

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Definitions of Appalachian from WordNet
1
Appalachian (n.)
a native or inhabitant of Appalachia;
2
Appalachian (adj.)
in or relating to Appalachia;
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