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1745, from American Spanish (1598), probably from Yavapai (a Yuman language) 'epache "people." Sometimes derived from Zuni apachu "enemy" (see F.W. Hodge, "American Indians," 1907), but this seems to have been the Zuni name for the Navajo.\n

\nFrench journalistic sense of "Parisian gangster or thug" first attested 1902. Apache dance was the World War I-era equivalent of 1990s' brutal "slam dancing." Fenimore Cooper's Indian novels were enormously popular in Europe throughout the 19c., and comparisons of Cooper's fictional Indian ways in the wilderness and underworld life in European cities go back to Dumas' "Les Mohicans de Paris" (1854-1859). It is probably due to the imitations of Cooper (amounting almost to plagiarisms) by German author Karl May (1842-1912) that Apaches replaced Mohicans in popular imagination. Also compare Mohawk.


n. (alternative case form of Apache nodot=yes English), a Parisian gangster.

Apache, OK -- U.S. town in Oklahoma
Population (2000): 1616
Housing Units (2000): 712
Land area (2000): 2.022487 sq. miles (5.238218 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.012180 sq. miles (0.031546 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.034667 sq. miles (5.269764 sq. km)
FIPS code: 02300
Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40
Location: 34.894638 N, 98.361371 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 73006
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Apache, OK
Apache -- U.S. County in Arizona
Population (2000): 69423
Housing Units (2000): 31621
Land area (2000): 11204.879052 sq. miles (29020.502286 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 13.540581 sq. miles (35.069942 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 11218.419633 sq. miles (29055.572228 sq. km)
Located within: Arizona (AZ), FIPS 04
Location: 35.645278 N, 109.449620 W
Apache, AZ
Apache County
Apache County, AZ
Apache (missile)

The MBDA Apache (; ) is a French-developed air-launched anti-runway cruise missile, manufactured by European arms company MBDA. The Apache system is at the base of the SCALP EG concept, notably for the aerodynamics and the stealth feature. The SCALP EG also has a different propulsion system as well as a different warhead. While the SCALP uses a single high-penetration warhead, the Apache's effect is obtained by dispersal of 10 cluster submunitions.


The Apache (; ) are culturally related Native American tribes from the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. These indigenous peoples of North America speak Southern Athabaskan languages, which are related linguistically to Athabaskan languages in Alaska and western Canada.

Apache people traditionally have lived in Eastern Arizona, Northern Mexico ( Sonora and Chihuahua), New Mexico, West Texas, and Southern Colorado. Apacheria, their collective homelands, consists of high mountains, sheltered and watered valleys, deep canyons, deserts, and the southern Great Plains. The Apache tribes fought the invading Spanish and Mexican peoples for centuries. The first Apache raids on Sonora appear to have taken place during the late 17th century. In 19th-century confrontations during the American-Indian wars, the U.S. Army found the Apache to be fierce warriors and skillful strategists.

Apache groups are politically autonomous. The major groups speak several different languages and developed distinct and competitive cultures. The current post-colonial division of Apache groups includes Western Apache, Chiricahua, Mescalero, Jicarilla, Lipan, and Plains Apache (also known as the Kiowa-Apache). Apache groups live in Oklahoma and Texas and on reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. Apache people have moved throughout the United States and elsewhere, including urban centers.

Apache (novel)

Apache is a 1931 novel by Will Levington Comfort based on the true story of Mangas Coloradas, chief of the Eastern Chiricahua Apaches.

Category:Western (genre) novels Category:Books about Native Americans Category:Southwestern United States in fiction Category:Biographical novels Category:Apache culture Category:1931 novels Category:20th-century American novels

Apache (film)

Apache is a 1954 Western film starring Burt Lancaster.

Apache (video game)

Apache is a computer game released by Digital Integration in 1995 for MS-DOS and Macintosh. The game is a combat flight simulator of the American AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter.

Apache (dance)

Apache, or La Danse Apache, Bowery Waltz, Apache Turn, Apache Dance and Tough Dance is a highly dramatic dance associated in popular culture with Parisian street culture at the beginning of the 20th century. The name of the dance (pronounced ah-PAHSH, not uh-PATCH-ee, like the English pronunciation of the Native American tribe) is taken from the term for Parisian underworld of the time.

The dance is sometimes said to reenact a violent "discussion" between a pimp and a prostitute. It includes mock slaps and punches, the man picking up and throwing the woman to the ground, or lifting and carrying her while she struggles or feigns unconsciousness. Thus, the dance shares many features with the theatrical discipline of stage combat. In some examples, the woman may fight back.

Apache (rapper)

Anthony Peaks (December 26, 1964 – January 22, 2010), better known as Apache, was an American rapper.

Apache emerged from New Jersey in the late 1980s as a front man for the Flavor Unit, a hip-hop group. He first appeared on the Flavor Unit album, The 45 King Presents The Flavor Unit, in 1990. Apart from his individual records, he also featured on the albums of artists such as Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, 2Pac and Fat Joe.

Apache signed with Tommy Boy/ Warner Bros. Records and released his debut album, Apache Ain't Shit (1993), which peaked at number 69 on the Billboard 200 and No. 15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Also featured on the album was the single "Gangsta Bitch," which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 11 on the Hot Rap Singles. Apache released the single "Do Fa Self" in 1993.

Apache died on January 22, 2010, of undisclosed causes. According to fellow Flavor Unit members Ali Ba-Ski and Lakim Shabazz, the cause of death was heart failure after years of excessive eating and drinking.

Apache (instrumental)

"Apache" is a much-recorded instrumental written by Jerry Lordan. The original version was by the British group the Shadows, recorded in June 1960 and released the next month. It topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks.

In North America, the tune is identified with Jørgen Ingmann, a jazz guitarist from Denmark. In 1961, his cover version, credited to "Jørgen Ingmann and His Guitar", made No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 9 on the US R&B chart. The track reached No.1 on Canada's CHUM Chart.

A 1973 version by the Incredible Bongo Band has been called " hip-hop’s national anthem". Although this version was not a hit on release, its long percussion break has been sampled countless times on hip hop and dance tracks since the 1980s.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Apache" at No. 96 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

Apache (disambiguation)

Apache are a group of Native Americans from the Southwest and Southern Plains, who are enrolled in the following tribes:

  • Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
  • Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation
  • Tonto Apache Tribe of Arizona
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation of the Camp Verde Indian Reservation

Apache or Apaches may also refer to:

  • Apache languages, Southern Athabaskan languages spoken in the American Southwest

Usage examples of "apache".

A Bureau of Indian Affairs cop sent over from the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in New Mexico spotted it at the Aneth Oil Field about sundown.

Mexi- cans, ninety-eight Papago Indians and six Anglos snuck into a camp of Arivaipa Apaches before dawn.

She spoke English and Spanish, as well, but Nide--her native Athabaskan, the ancient Apache tongue--was the language the animal responded to best.

Linguistically the Apache belong to the great Athapascan family, which, according to the consensus of opinion, had its origin in the far North, where many tribes of the family still live.

It is further evident that the term Apache came to be applied to this great division of the Athapascan family indirectly, as its component tribes are not known by that name in any of the Indian languages of the Southwest, and there is no evidence of its being of other than Indian origin.

An admission of fear of anything is hard to elicit from the weakest of Indian tribes, but all who lived within raiding distance of the Apache, save the Navaho, their Athapascan cousins, freely admit that for generations before their subjugation the Apache were constantly held in mortal terror.

The Bugologist with his one orderly, and apparently without the Apache Yuma scouts, had gone straightway to the rescue of Wren.

There are those who say the love of an Indian girl, once given, surpasses that of her Circassian sister, and Bridger now was learning new stories of the Bugologist with every day of his progress in Apache lore.

But neither Mexicans nor Indians with money to pick and choose seemed to cotton to Camino Viejo, situated as it was between an Apache reserve and a heap of haunted ghost towns.

Why would any white boys with a lick of sense be way out here in this dry canyon during an Apache scare when they could be safely drinking rotgut or, hell, sipping cider over by the river in Camino Viejo?

I was approaching a saloon called the Apache Queen, and was looking at the ground in meditation, when I seen a silver dollar laying in the dust clost to a hitching rack.

In the 1860s, those high desert mountain fringes had been the ones where a canny Apache chieftain named Cochise had led his people in order to elude capture by the U.

Apache babies were kept bound in cradleboards, but maybe that was only when the mother was carrying it around.

There were too many of them for the Apaches to take on in a direct firefight, but they monitored their progress.

About seven and a halaf months, actually, because it had been six weeks since that time in the Apache camp.