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[ir-uh-kwoi, -kwoiz] /ˈɪr əˌkwɔɪ, -ˌkwɔɪz/
noun, plural Iroquois.
a member of a North American Indian confederacy, the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and later the Tuscaroras.
belonging or relating to the Iroquois or their tribes.
Origin of Iroquois
1660-70, Americanism; < French: adaptation of an unidentified term in an Algonquian language Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Denonville had succeeded in arousing the French government to the importance of proceeding vigorously against the Iroquois.

    Count Frontenac William Dawson LeSueur
  • "He means the Ohio," explained the Iroquois to the children.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The lodges of the Iroquois would be full of the scalps of white men.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
  • But everything is raw, for the Iroquois are thorough savages.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • He talked of the unseen deities that ruled the life of the Iroquois through mystic dreams.

    The Scouts of the Valley Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for Iroquois


/ˈɪrəˌkwɔɪ; -ˌkwɔɪz/
noun (pl) -quois
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
any of the Iroquoian languages
of or relating to the Iroquois, their language, or their culture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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