Iroquois

Definitions of Iroquois
  1. noun
    a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
    synonyms: Iroquoian, Iroquoian language
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    Cherokee
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee
    Cayuga
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cayuga
    Mohawk
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Mohawk
    Seneca
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca
    Oneida
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida
    Onondaga
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Onondaga
    Tuscarora
    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Tuscarora
    type of:
    American Indian, American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, Indian
    any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
  2. noun
    any member of the Native American peoples on land that later became New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution
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    Hiawatha
    a Native American chieftain who argued for peace with the European settlers (16th century)
    George Guess
    Cherokee who created a notation for writing the Cherokee language (1770-1843)
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    Cayuga
    a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living around Cayuga Lake in New York State
    Cherokee
    a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma
    Erie
    a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living on the south shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania and western New York
    Mohawk
    a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living along the Mohawk River in New York State
    Oneida
    a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario
    Onondaga
    a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living between Lake Champlain and the Saint Lawrence River
    Seneca
    a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living in New York State south of Lake Ontario
    Tuscarora
    a member of an Iroquois people who formerly lived in North Carolina and then moved to New York State and joined the Iroquois
    type of:
    American Indian, Indian, Red Indian
    a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
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