Definition of Macro-Algonquian in English:

Macro-Algonquian

(also Macro-Algonkian)

Pronunciation /ˌmakrəʊalˈɡɒŋk(w)ɪən/

noun

  • A proposed grouping of North American Indian languages comprising the Muskogean and Algonquian language families and several language isolates of the south-eastern United States, as well as the Yurok and Wiyot languages of California.

    The Macro-Algonquian phylum, first hypothesized by Charles and Florence Voegelin, has not yet gained wide acceptance amongst linguists.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Charles Voegelin (b. 1906). From macro- + Algonquian.