Mohawk

Mohawk

[moh-hawk]
noun, plural Mohawks (especially collectively) Mohawk.
1.
a member of a tribe of the most easterly of the iroquois Five Nations, formerly resident along the Mohawk River, New York.
2.
the Iroquoian language of the Mohawk Indians.
3.
a river flowing E from central New York to the Hudson. 148 miles (240 km) long.
4.
(often lowercase) . Also called Mohawk haircut. a hairstyle in which the head is shaved bare except for a strip of hair, usually with blunt, brushlike ends, down the center of the scalp from the forehead to the nape of the neck.
5.
Military. a twin turboprop, two-seat U.S. Army aircraft fitted with cameras, radar, and infrared sensors and designed to monitor enemy operations.
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mohawk (ˈməʊhɔːk)
 
n
1.  skating a half turn from either edge of either skate to the corresponding edge of the other skate
2.  (US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): mohican a punk hairstyle in which the head is shaved at the sides and the remaining strip of hair is worn stiffly erect and sometimes brightly coloured
 
[C19: after Mohawk1]

Mohawk1 (ˈməʊhɔːk)
 
n , -hawks, -hawk
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Mohawk River; one of the Iroquois peoples
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

Mohawk2 (ˈməʊhɔːk)
 
n
a river in E central New York State, flowing south and east to the Hudson River at Cohoes: the largest tributary of the Hudson. Length: 238 km (148 miles)

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Mohawk
"haircut style favored by punk rockers," c.1975, from fancied resemblance to hair style of Mohawk Indians. The style of cut earlier was called a Mohican (1960). The tribe is Iroquoian; the name, first recorded in Eng. as the pl. Mohowawogs (1638), is said to mean "they eat living things" in a southern
New England Algonquian tongue, probably a ref. to cannibalism. Cf. Unami Delaware /muhuwe:yck/ "cannibal monsters." The people's name for themselves is kanye'keha:ka. Variant form Mohoc was the name given 1711 to gangs of aristocratic London ruffians.
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