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[oh-nahy-duh] /oʊˈnaɪ də/
noun, plural Oneidas (especially collectively) Oneida for 1.
a member of an Iroquois people formerly inhabiting the region east of Oneida Lake.
the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida Indians.
a city in central New York.
Origin of Oneida
< Oneida onę·yóteʔ erected stone, the name of the main Oneida settlement, at successive locations, near which, traditionally, a large syenite boulder always appeared Unabridged
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noun (pl) -das, -da
Lake Oneida, a lake in central New York State: part of the New York State Barge Canal system. Length: about 35 km (22 miles). Greatest width: 9 km (6 miles)
(functioning as pl) the Oneida, a North American Indian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
a member of this people
the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
Word Origin
from Iroquois onēyóte', literally: standing stone
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Word Origin and History for Oneida

Iroquois tribe of upper N.Y. state, who later moved in part to Wisconsin, 1666, named for its principal settlement, from Oneida onenyote', literally "erected stone," containing -neny- "stone" and -ot- "to stand."

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