Origin of tuckahoe
1605–15, Americanism; earlier applied to various roots and underground fungi < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) tockwhogh, tockawhoughe, taccaho arrow arum root (used for bread), derivative of Proto-Algonquian *takwah- to pound (it) fine, reduce (it) to flour; compare Shawnee takhwa bread
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Examples from the Web for tuckahoe
All this hurry, noise, and singing was very different from the stillness of Tuckahoe.
He owned about thirty "head" of slaves, and three farms in Tuckahoe.
I pray you to present me affectionately to your family, and that of Tuckahoe.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Vol. I (of 9)
And the captain of the Tuckahoe gave the command "Hard lee!"
This evidently suggested a line of action to the master of the Tuckahoe.
Word Origin and History for tuckahoe
edible plant root, 1610s, American English, from Powhatan (Algonquian) tockawhoughe (cf. Mohegan tquogh, Shawnee tukwhah), perhaps related to Cree (Algonquian) pitikwaw "made round."
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