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A·pach·e (ə-păchē)
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n. pl. Apache or A·pach·es
1. A member of a Native American people inhabiting the southwest United States and northern Mexico. Various Apache tribes offered strong resistance to encroachment on their territory in the latter half of the 19th century. Present-day Apache populations are located in Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
2. Any of the Apachean languages of the Apache.

[American Spanish, probably from Zuni ʔaapaču, pl. of paču, Navajo.]

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a·pache (ə-păsh, ä-päsh)
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n. pl. a·paches (ə-păsh, ä-päsh)
A member of the Parisian underworld.

[French apache, Apache, ruffian, from English APACHE.]

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