1A member of any of at least six Numic-speaking Northern Uto-Aztecan peoples living west of the Sierra Nevada crest in central California; also called Mono or Western Mono.
2The nearly extinct Western Numic language spoken by the Monache and the Owens Valley Paiute, especially the dialects spoken west of the Sierras by the Monache; = "Mono".
Late 19th century. From a Yokuts name for the Monache and the Owens Valley Paiute, e.g. Wikchamni moná′či.