|—n , -gas, -ga|
|1.||Lake Onondaga a salt lake in central New York State. Area: about 13 sq km (5 sq miles)|
|2.||a member of a North American Indian Iroquois people formerly living between Lake Champlain and the St Lawrence River|
|3.||the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family|
|[from Iroquois onõtáge', literally: on the top of the hill (the name of their principal village)]|
tribe of Iroquoian-speaking North American Indians who lived in what is now the U.S. state of New York. The Onondaga traditionally inhabited villages of wood and bark longhouses occupied by related families. They moved these houses periodically to plant new fields, to seek fresh supplies of firewood, and to be nearer fish and game. They grew corn (maize), beans, squash, sunflowers, and tobacco. A council of adult males in each community guided the village chiefs
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