squaw "American Indian woman," 1630s, from Massachuset (Algonquian) squa "woman" (Cf. also Narraganset squaws "woman"). "Over the years it has come to have a derogatory sense and is now considered offensive by many Native Americans" [Bright]. Widespread in U.S. place names, sometimes involving a translation of local American Indian words for "woman."

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