[on-uh n-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey-]
- a member of a tribe of Iroquoian Indians formerly inhabiting the region of Onondaga Lake.
- the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by these Indians.
- Lake, a salt lake in central New York. 5 miles (8 km) long; 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.
Origin of Onondaga
From the Onondaga word onǫ́·tàʔke on the hill, the name of the main Onondaga town, at successive locations
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Examples from the Web for onondaga
"When the Five Nations possessed the country, the buffaloes came to us," said the Onondaga.
"There are spirits in all things," said the Onondaga gravely.
The Onondaga let his pipe go out while he explained the winter habits of moose.
The Iroquois capital, Onondaga, was filled with wild rumors.A Half Century of Conflict - Volume I
The prisoners were allowed some freedom in the Onondaga village.The Road to Frontenac
- Lake Onondaga a salt lake in central New York State. Area: about 13 sq km (5 sq miles)
- plural -gas or -ga a member of a North American Indian Iroquois people formerly living between Lake Champlain and the St Lawrence River
- the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
from Iroquois onõtáge', literally: on the top of the hill (the name of their principal village)
Word Origin and History for onondaga
tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy, 1684, named for its principal settlement, from Onondaga onontake, literally "on the hill."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper