Onondagan

Onondaga

[on-uhn-daw-guh, -dah-, -dey-]
noun, plural Onondagas (especially collectively) Onondaga for 1.
1.
a member of a tribe of Iroquoian Indians formerly inhabiting the region of Onondaga Lake.
2.
the dialect of the Seneca language spoken by these Indians.
3.
a salt lake in central New York. 5 miles (8 km) long; 1 mile (1.6 km) wide.

Origin:
< Onondaga onǫ́·tàʔke on the hill, the name of the main Onondaga town, at successive locations

Onondagan, adjective
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Onondaga (ˌɒnənˈdɑːɡə)
 
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)]

Onondagan (ˌɒnənˈdɑːɡən)
 
adj
of or relating to the Onondaga people or their language

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Onondaga
tribe in the Iroquois Confederacy, 1684, named for its principal settlement, from Onondaga onontake, lit. "on the hill."
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