Mohawk

[moh-hawk]
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noun, plural Mo·hawks, (especially collectively) Mo·hawk.
  1. a member of a tribe of the most easterly of the Iroquois Five Nations, formerly resident along the Mohawk River, New York.
  2. the Iroquoian language of the Mohawk Indians.
  3. a river flowing E from central New York to the Hudson. 148 miles (240 km) long.
  4. (often lowercase) Also called Mohawk haircut. a hairstyle in which the head is shaved bare except for a strip of hair, usually with blunt, brushlike ends, down the center of the scalp from the forehead to the nape of the neck.
  5. Military. a twin turboprop, two-seat U.S. Army aircraft fitted with cameras, radar, and infrared sensors and designed to monitor enemy operations.
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mohawk

noun
  1. skating a half turn from either edge of either skate to the corresponding edge of the other skate
  2. US and Canadian a punk hairstyle in which the head is shaved at the sides and the remaining strip of hair is worn stiffly erect and sometimes brightly colouredAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): mohican

Word Origin for mohawk

C19: after Mohawk 1

Mohawk

1
noun
  1. plural -hawks or -hawk a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Mohawk River; one of the Iroquois peoples
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

Mohawk

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noun
  1. a river in E central New York State, flowing south and east to the Hudson River at Cohoes: the largest tributary of the Hudson. Length: 238 km (148 miles)
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Word Origin and History for mohawk

Mohawk

North American Indian tribe name, Iroquoian, 1630s, Mohowawogs (plural), said to mean "they eat living things" in a southern New England Algonquian tongue, probably a reference to cannibalism. Cf. Unami Delaware /muhuwe:yck/ "cannibal monsters." The people's name for themselves is kanye'keha:ka. Meaning "haircut style favored by punk rockers" is c.1975, from fancied resemblance to hair style of the Indians in old illustrations. The style of cut earlier was called a Mohican (1960). Mohoc, Mohock, variant form of the word, was the name given 1711 to gangs of aristocratic London ruffians.

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