[ sen-i-kuh ]
/ ˈsɛn ɪ kə /

noun, plural Sen·e·cas, (especially collectively) Sen·e·ca for 1.

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 Seneca

From the New York Dutch word Sennecaas, etc., orig. applied to the Oneida and, more generally, to all the Upper Iroquois (as opposed to the Mohawk), probably < an unattested Mahican name


Sen·e·can, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for senecan (1 of 2)

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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

C19: from Dutch Sennecaas (plural), probably of Algonquian origin

British Dictionary definitions for senecan (2 of 2)

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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
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