- a member of the largest tribe of the Iroquois Confederacy of North American Indians, formerly inhabiting western New York and being conspicuous in the wars south and west of Lake Erie.
- an Iroquoian language of the Seneca, Onondaga, and Cayuga tribes.
Origin of Seneca1
Examples from the Web for senecan
Historical Examples of senecan
Gordobuc is severely classical in its unities; it is of the Senecan species.The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1
He wrote two tragedies on the Senecan model, Alaham and Mustapha.
Senecan tragedy abounded in bloodshed and horrors; the speeches are full of pompous rant, and their metre is most monotonous.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The tragedies of Seneca were now being translated, and the play is conceived on Senecan lines.
Clearly the only hope of dramatic advance for disciples of the Senecan school lay in improved dialogue.The Growth of English Drama
- plural -cas or -ca a member of a North American Indian people formerly living south of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
- the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
Word Origin for Seneca
- Lucius Annaeus (əˈniːəs), called the Younger. ?4 bc –65 ad, Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist; tutor and adviser to Nero. He was implicated in a plot to murder Nero and committed suicide. His works include Stoical essays on ethical subjects and tragedies that had a considerable influence on Elizabethan drama
- his father, Marcus (ˈmɑːkəs) or Lucius Annaeus, called the Elder or the Rhetorician. ?55 bc –?39 ad, Roman writer on oratory and history
1610s, from Dutch Sennecas, collective name for the Iroquois tribes of what became upper New York, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Mahican name for the Oneida or their village. Earlier sinnekens, senakees; form probably influenced by the name of the ancient Roman philosopher.