- a member of an Indian people living originally in North Carolina and later, after their admission into the Iroquois confederacy, in New York.
- an Iroquoian language, the language of the Tuscarora people.
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Examples from the Web for tuscarora
He got it from a Tuscarora Indian, who, I believe, was a sort of father-in-law to him.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
That's the part I was playin' when we strikes the Tuscarora.Shorty McCabe
It appeared that these Indians were a band of warriors, probably from the Tuscarora nation.
In point of maturity, the Tuscarora is an intermediate variety.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
The Tuscarora, not the Mohawk, was the tribe migrating from the South.
- plural -ras or -ra a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in North Carolina, who later moved to New York State and joined the Iroquois
- the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
Word Origin and History for tuscarora
Iroquoian people, 1640s, from Iroquoian, literally "hemp-gatherers."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper