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long house

noun
1.
a communal dwelling, especially of the Iroquois and various other North American Indian peoples, consisting of a wooden, bark-covered framework often as much as 100 feet (30.5 meters) in length.
Also, longhouse.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25
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Examples from the web for longhouse
  • Judging from the sketch and the map, the dwelling was a typical sixteenth-century longhouse.
  • Several families from the same clan might live in a longhouse, each family having its own section.
  • As he came home, he stuck his tomahawk in one of the trees outside his longhouse.
  • The site has been filled and revegetated, but a tribal plaque is displayed on a small replica longhouse.
British Dictionary definitions for longhouse

long house

noun
1.
a long communal dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indian peoples. It often served as a council house as well
2.
a long dwelling found in other parts of the world, such as Borneo
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