Cayuga

Cayuga

[key-yoo-guh, kahy-]
noun, plural Cayugas (especially collectively) Cayuga.
1.
a member of a tribe of North American Indians, the smallest tribe of the iroquois Confederacy.
2.
the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by the Cayuga.
3.
Also called Cayuga duck. one of an American breed of domestic ducks having black plumage.

Origin:
1735–45, Americanism; < Cayuga *kayo·kwę, name of a 17th-century village; compare Cayuga kayokwęhó˙nǫʔ Cayuga (people) (or < a related form in another N Iroquoian language)

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Cayuga (keɪˈjuːɡə, kaɪ-)
 
n , -gas, -ga
1.  a member of a Native American people (one of the Iroquois peoples) formerly living around Cayuga Lake
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

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cayuga

Iroquoian-speaking North American Indians, members of the Iroquois Confederacy, who originally inhabited the region bordering Cayuga Lake in what is now central New York state. (See also Iroquois.)

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