wangan

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Abenaki waniigan (pit trap, container for sundries)[1]; liken klahigan (wooden trap), Ojibwe waanikaan (pit, excavated hole).

Noun[edit]

wangan (plural wangans)

  1. (US, Maine, lumber trade) A boat for conveying provisions, tools, asf.
    • 1942 August, “They Play Jackstraws with Trees”, Popular Mechanics, page 88: 
      Wanigan or wangan was the Indian name for boathouse or houseboat, and the wanigans, carrying the cook shacks and supplies, floated down the rivers when the pioneer log drives were underway.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1910, Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico, edited by Frederick Webb Hodge, part 2, page 910

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wangan

  1. rōmaji reading of わんがん