- a member of a tribe of North American Indians, the smallest tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy.
- the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by the Cayuga.
- Also called Cayuga duck. one of an American breed of domestic ducks having black plumage.
Origin of Cayuga
1735–45, Americanism; < Cayuga *kayo·kwę, name of a 17th-century village; compare Cayuga kayokwęhó˙nǫʔ Cayuga (people) (or < a related form in another N Iroquoian language)
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Examples from the Web for cayuga
She was launched at the mouth of Cayuga Creek in the Niagara peninsula in 1679.All Afloat
They formed in a stately line of battle, headed by the "Cayuga."The Naval History of the United States
Willis J. Abbot.
An hour and a quarter had elapsed from the time that the Cayuga passed the obstructions.The Gulf and Inland Waters
A. T. Mahan
The Cayuga chiefs were already on the way to meet in council with the Onondagas.The Road to Frontenac
The spokesman was the redoubtable Cayuga chief, named Saonchiowaga.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
- plural -gas or -ga a member of a Native American people (one of the Iroquois peoples) formerly living around Cayuga Lake
- the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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