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Onondaga

[on-uh n-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey-] /ˌɒn ənˈdɔ gə, -ˈdɑ-, -ˈdeɪ-/
noun, plural Onondagas (especially collectively) Onondaga for 1.
1.
a member of a tribe of Iroquoian Indians formerly inhabiting the region of Onondaga Lake.
2.
the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by these Indians.
3.
Lake, a salt lake in central New York. 5 miles (8 km) long; 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.
Origin of Onondaga
From the Onondaga word onǫ́·tàʔke on the hill, the name of the main Onondaga town, at successive locations
Related forms
Onondagan, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • "When the Five Nations possessed the country, the buffaloes came to us," said the Onondaga.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • "There are spirits in all things," said the Onondaga gravely.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The Onondaga let his pipe go out while he explained the winter habits of moose.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The Iroquois capital, Onondaga, was filled with wild rumors.

  • The prisoners were allowed some freedom in the Onondaga village.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • Some wretches had killed an Onondaga with the brutality of his own tribe, and were robbing him.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • It has not been long, my brothers,––not long enough for an Onondaga to forget.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • The Onondaga plunged into his speech without the customary deliberation.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • He it was who took the Onondaga hunters and carried them away to be slaves.

    The Road to Frontenac

    Samuel Merwin
  • The council-fire is covered at Onondaga; but it shall burn again at Thendara.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for Onondaga

Onondaga

/ˌɒnənˈdɑːɡə/
noun
1.
Lake Onondaga, a salt lake in central New York State. Area: about 13 sq km (5 sq miles)
2.
(pl) -gas, -ga. a member of a North American Indian Iroquois people formerly living between Lake Champlain and the St Lawrence River
3.
the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
Word Origin
from Iroquois onõtáge', literally: on the top of the hill (the name of their principal village)
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Word Origin and History for Onondaga

tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy, 1684, named for its principal settlement, from Onondaga onontake, literally "on the hill."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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