Katahdin

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Etymology[edit]

From Abenaki Ktaden, Ktaaden (great mountain), from kta-, gita- (great) (compare Penobscot kta- (great)) + aden (mountain) (whence also monadnock).[1][2] Cognate to Penobscot Ktàtən.

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Proper noun[edit]

Katahdin

  1. Short for Mount Katahdin.

Noun[edit]

Katahdin (plural Katahdins)

  1. A sheep of a particular breed developed in Maine.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry Lorne Masta, Abenaki Indian Legends, Grammar and Place Names (orig. 1932, reprint. 2008, →ISBN), page 84: Katahdin from Ktaaden. Prefix “Kta” means great, grand, lofty. Suffix "Aden" meas mountain.
  2. ^ William Wallace Tooker,Algonquian Names of Some Mountains and Hills, in The Journal of American Folk-lore (1904), volume 17, page 171: All the best authorities translate it as ["great mountain"], from K't, or Keht, "great," and -ahdin, "mountain."