- a member of a North American Indian confederacy, the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and later the Tuscaroras.
- belonging or relating to the Iroquois or their tribes.
Origin of Iroquois
1660–70, Americanism; < French: adaptation of an unidentified term in an Algonquian language
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Examples from the Web for iroquois
He also fell in love with an Iroquois girl and concealed her within his home, under the care of one of his slaves.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
Kessenich, to be fair, has also lavished the Iroquois with praise for their skills and sportsmanship in subsequent games.
If for nothing else, lacrosse matters because it reminds us the Iroquois still exist.
When the teams played the Sunday before, the Iroquois lost by only a single point.
These comments incited an uproar among Iroquois fans believing Kessenich had disrespected their tradition.
"He means the Ohio," explained the Iroquois to the children.The Trail Book
But everything is raw, for the Iroquois are thorough savages.
In the mountains of the Iroquois, beyond the clear springs of the Horican.
I was introduced to the chief, father, and mayor of the Iroquois tribes.My Double Life
The dreaded name of Iroquois is potent, even across the centuries.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- of or relating to the Iroquois, their language, or their culture
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Word Origin and History for iroquois
1660s, from French (c.1600); not an Iroquoian word, perhaps from an Algonquian language. Related: Iroquoian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper