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n. pl. Wichita or Wich·i·tas
1. A member of a Native American confederacy formerly inhabiting south-central Kansas and later moving southward into Oklahoma and Texas, with a present-day population in southwest Oklahoma.
2. The Caddoan language of the Wichita.
[Of Wichita origin (originally the name of one Wichita village population of the 18th century).]
A city of south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River southwest of Kansas City. It was founded in the 1860s on the site of an earlier Wichita village and boomed as a cow town after the coming of the railroad in 1872.
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