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[ad-uh-ron-dak] /ˌæd əˈrɒn dæk/
noun, plural Adirondacks (especially collectively) Adirondack.
a member of an Algonquian people living mainly north of the St. Lawrence River.
Adirondacks. Adirondack Mountains.
Origin of Adirondack
probably earlier than 1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for adirondack adirondacks


type of lawn or deck chair (Adirondack chair is attested from 1906), said to have been designed in 1903 by Thomas Lee, owner of the Westport Mountain Spring, a resort in the Adirondack region of New York State, and commercially manufactured the following year, but said originally to have been called Westport chair after the town where it was first made. Adirondack Mountains is a back-formation from Adirondacks, treated as a plural noun but really from Mohawk (Iroquoian) adiro:daks "tree-eaters," a name applied to neighboring Algonquian tribes, in which the -s is an imperfective affix.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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