Definition of Paiute

1. Noun. A member of either of two Shoshonean peoples (northern Paiute and southern Paiute) related to the Aztecs and living in the southwestern United States.

Exact synonyms: Piute
Generic synonyms: Shoshone, Shoshoni

2. Noun. The Shoshonean language spoken by the Paiute.

Definition of Paiute

1. Noun. (context: anthropology) Two related groups of North American aboriginal peoples—the Northern Paiute of California, Nevada, and Oregon, and the Southern Paiute of Arizona, southeastern California and Nevada, and Utah. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paiute

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Pahvant Valley plague
Paint Horse
Paint Horses
Painted Desert
Paiute (current term)
Pajot's manoeuvre
Paki shop
Paki shops
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Literary usage of Paiute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Ghost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 by James Mooney (1896)
"Goei'pa—the Milky Way, the road of the dead. See Paiute song 1 ... high peak;" applied to Mount Grant, the sacred mountain of the Paiute, ..."

2. A Supplement to A Guide to Manuscripts Relating to the American Indian in by Daythal Kendall, John F. Freeman (1982)
"[40206(10)] SOUTHERN Paiute (Uto-Aztecan) 4764. MUNRO, PAMELA. ... Ute and Kaibab Paiute linguistic material; 1909-1910, 1916, nd AD 5 notebooks of ca. ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"THE Paiute TRIBES. The country of the Paiutes, as every one knows, is the desert ... The tribes of Paiute origin which invaded the Sierra and established ..."

4. The Path on the Rainbow: An Anthology of Songs and Chants from the Indians by George William Cronyn, Mary Hunter Austin (1918)
"... And the moon roving To the sky's end; But she is fairer, better worth loving, She, my heart's friend. A SONG IN TIME OF DEPRESSION (From the Paiute) ..."

5. How to Make Basketsby Mary White, Neltje Blanchan by Mary White, Neltje Blanchan (1906)
"Paiute GUMMED WICKER WATER-JAR—The handles of braided horsehair. HOPI COILED YUCCA TREASURE BASKET—At the top of plate are strips of sisal willow and the ..."

6. Biennial Report by Nevada State Historical Society (1909)
"Paiute burden basket. Paiute winnow basket. Washoe burden basket. ... Anker, Peter: Paiute mortar and pestles, dug up on his ranch south of Lovelock. ..."

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