long house

noun
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:
1615–25

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long house
 
n
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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Example sentences
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.
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