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Penutian(pəno͞o`shən), linguistic family, or stock, of Native Americans of North and Central America. See Native American languagesNative American languages,
languages of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their descendants. A number of the Native American languages that were spoken at the time of the European arrival in the New World in the late 15th cent.
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A North American stage of geologic time: lower Eocene (above Bulitian, below Ulatasian).
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