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Onondaga

[on-uh n-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey-]
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noun, plural On·on·da·gas, (especially collectively) On·on·da·ga 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.
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Origin of Onondaga

From the Onondaga word onǫ́·tàʔke on the hill, the name of the main Onondaga town, at successive locations
Related formsOn·on·da·gan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for onondagan

Onondagan

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Onondaga people or their language
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Onondaga

noun
  1. Lake Onondaga a salt lake in central New York State. Area: about 13 sq km (5 sq miles)
  2. plural -gas or -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
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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 onondagan

Onondaga

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

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