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[oh-seyj, oh-seyj]
noun, plural O·sag·es, (especially collectively) O·sage for 1.
  1. a member of a North American Indian people formerly of western Missouri, now living in northern Oklahoma.
  2. the Siouan language of the Osage.
  3. a river flowing E from E Kansas to the Missouri River in central Missouri. 500 miles (800 km) long.
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Historical Examples of osage

  • Elsewhere than in the Osage Reservation, wealth also has come to the Indians.

    The Book of the National Parks

    Robert Sterling Yard

  • The remnant of their tribe was collected on the Osage, but in one season it had disappeared.

  • The Osage Indians were early driven to the valley of the Arkansas river.

    The Choctaw Freedmen

    Robert Elliott Flickinger

  • A band of Osage chiefs had come in to see their great Spanish father.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • But settlers had gone on around them into the Osage wilderness.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

British Dictionary definitions for osage


  1. plural Osages or Osage a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in an area between the Missouri and Arkansas Rivers
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Siouan family
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Word Origin and History for osage


name of a group of Siouxan Indians originally from Missouri, 1690s, via French, from their self-designation Wazhazhe. The ornamental tree osage orange (Toxylon pomiferum), name first attested 1817, originally was found in their country.

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