[ on-uh n-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey- ]
/ ˌɒn ənˈdɔ gə, -ˈdɑ-, -ˈdeɪ- /

noun, plural On·on·da·gas, (especially collectively) On·on·da·ga for 1.

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


On·on·da·gan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for onondagan (1 of 2)

/ (ˌɒnənˈdɑːɡən) /


of or relating to the Onondaga people or their language

British Dictionary definitions for onondagan (2 of 2)

/ (ˌɒnənˈdɑːɡə) /


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

Word Origin for Onondaga

from Iroquois onõtáge', literally: on the top of the hill (the name of their principal village)
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