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long house

or longhouse

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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • The long house was used by the Powhatans and other Algonquin tribes.

  • This long house was surrounded with fruit-trees, and very comfortable.

    Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak Harriette McDougall
  • She looked up at the long house with its wise, unblinking eyes.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • A warrior of the long house takes no friend from the wigwam of an Algonquin.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • There were still the lighted cracks; the long house was still in session.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • This is not the speech that young warriors are taught to expect from the long house.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • The fire is not for him nor for his servant; keep it for the Monacans and for the dogs of the long house!

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • It was a long house of one story, backed by a round tower of three stories.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • So terrible a vengeance had not overtaken the long house since the days of Frontenac.

  • You must go to the long house and take off your skirt and carry it on your shoulder.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
British Dictionary definitions for long house

long house

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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