Oneida

Oneida

[oh-nahy-duh]
noun, plural Oneidas (especially collectively) Oneida for 1.
1.
a member of an iroquois people formerly inhabiting the region east of Oneida Lake.
2.
the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida Indians.
3.
a city in central New York.

Origin:
< Oneida onę·yóteʔ erected stone, the name of the main Oneida settlement, at successive locations, near which, traditionally, a large syenite boulder always appeared

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Oneida (əʊˈnaɪdə)
 
n , pl -das, -da
1.  Lake Oneida a lake in central New York State: part of the New York State Barge Canal system. Length: about 35 km (22 miles). Greatest width: 9 km (6 miles)
2.  (functioning as plural) the Oneida a North American Indian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
3.  a member of this people
4.  the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
 
[from Iroquois onēyóte', literally: standing stone]

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Oneida
Iroquois tribe of upper N.Y. state, who later moved in part to Wisconsin, 1666, named for its principal settlement, from Oneida onenyote', lit. "erected stone," containing -neny- "stone" and -ot- "to stand."
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