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Adirondack

[ad-uh-ron-dak]
noun, plural Ad·i·ron·dacks, (especially collectively) Ad·i·ron·dack.
  1. a member of an Algonquian people living mainly north of the St. Lawrence River.
  2. Adirondacks. Adirondack Mountains.
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Origin of Adirondack

probably earlier than 1865–70, Americanism

Adirondack Mountains

plural noun
  1. a mountain range in NE New York: a part of the Appalachian Mountains. Highest peak, Mt. Marcy, 5344 feet (1629 meters).
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Also called Adirondacks.
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British Dictionary definitions for adirondack

Adirondack Mountains

Adirondacks

pl n
  1. a mountain range in NE New York State. Highest peak: Mount Marcy, 1629 m (5344 ft)
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Word Origin and History for adirondack

Adirondack

type of lawn or deck chair (Adirondack chair is attested from 1906), said to have been designed in 1903 by Thomas Lee, owner of the Westport Mountain Spring, a resort in the Adirondack region of New York State, and commercially manufactured the following year, but said originally to have been called Westport chair after the town where it was first made. Adirondack Mountains is a back-formation from Adirondacks, treated as a plural noun but really from Mohawk (Iroquoian) adiro:daks "tree-eaters," a name applied to neighboring Algonquian tribes, in which the -s is an imperfective affix.

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adirondack in Culture

Adirondack Mountains

[(ad-uh-ron-dak)]

Mountain range in northeastern New York state.

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Note

The region is a resort area.
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