[oh-jib-wey, -wuh] /oʊˈdʒɪb weɪ, -wə/

noun, plural Ojibwas (especially collectively) Ojibwa.
a member of a large tribe of North American Indians found in Canada and the U.S., principally in the region around Lakes Huron and Superior but extending as far west as Saskatchewan and North Dakota.
an Algonquian language used by the Ojibwa, Algonquin, and Ottawa Indians.
(pl) -was, -wa. a member of a North American Indian people living in a region west of Lake Superior
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Algonquian people of North America living along the shores of Lake Superior, 1700, from Ojibwa O’chepe’wag “plaited shoes,” in reference to their puckered moccasins, which were unlike those of neighboring tribes. The older form in English is Chippewa, which is usually retained in U.S., but since c.1850 Canadian English has taken up the more phonetically correct Ojibwa, and as a result the two forms of the word have begun to be used in reference to slightly differing groups in the two countries. Some modern Chippewas prefer anishinaabe, which means “original people.”


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