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Iroquois

[ir-uh-kwoi, -kwoiz] /ˈɪr əˌkwɔɪ, -ˌkwɔɪz/
noun, plural Iroquois.
1.
a member of a North American Indian confederacy, the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and later the Tuscaroras.
adjective
2.
belonging or relating to the Iroquois or their tribes.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70, Americanism; < French: adaptation of an unidentified term in an Algonquian language
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  • The abenaki also built long houses similar to those of the Iroquois.
  • Eventually, the tribes moved north under the protection of the Iroquois.
British Dictionary definitions for Iroquois

Iroquois

/ˈɪrəˌkwɔɪ; -ˌkwɔɪz/
noun (pl) -quois
1.
a member of any of a group of North American Indian peoples formerly living between the Hudson River and the St Lawrence and Lake Erie See also Five Nations, Six Nations
2.
any of the Iroquoian languages
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Iroquois, their language, or their culture
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Word Origin and History for Iroquois

1660s, from French (c.1600); not an Iroquoian word, perhaps from an Algonquian language. Related: Iroquoian.

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