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Iroquois

[ir-uh-kwoi, -kwoiz]
noun, plural Ir·o·quois.
  1. a member of a North American Indian confederacy, the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and later the Tuscaroras.
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adjective
  1. belonging or relating to the Iroquois or their tribes.
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Origin of Iroquois

1660–70, Americanism; < French: adaptation of an unidentified term in an Algonquian language
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Examples from the Web for iroquois

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  • "He means the Ohio," explained the Iroquois to the children.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • But everything is raw, for the Iroquois are thorough savages.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • In the mountains of the Iroquois, beyond the clear springs of the Horican.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I was introduced to the chief, father, and mayor of the Iroquois tribes.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The dreaded name of Iroquois is potent, even across the centuries.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White


British Dictionary definitions for iroquois

Iroquois

noun plural -quois
  1. a member of any of a group of North American Indian peoples formerly living between the Hudson River and the St Lawrence and Lake ErieSee also Five Nations, Six Nations
  2. any of the Iroquoian languages
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Iroquois, their language, or their culture
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Word Origin and History for iroquois

Iroquois

1660s, from French (c.1600); not an Iroquoian word, perhaps from an Algonquian language. Related: Iroquoian.

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