- a communal dwelling, especially of the Iroquois and various other North American Indian peoples, consisting of a wooden, bark-covered framework often as much as 100 feet (30.5 meters) in length.
Origin of long house
First recorded in 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for long house
The native on shore returned to the long-house without replying.
Suppose we should be unable to find our way to the long-house?
When he thought that they were out of hearing of the long-house he hailed the two.
The dwellers in the long-house extended every courtesy to Ninaka and his crew.
At the long-house which harbored Ninaka and his crew, Barunda and Bulan stopped with theirs to obtain food and rest.
- a long communal dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indian peoples. It often served as a council house as well
- a long dwelling found in other parts of the world, such as Borneo
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