[tuhs-kuh-rawr-uh, -rohr-uh]
noun, plural Tuscaroras (especially collectively) Tuscarora.
a member of an Indian people living originally in North Carolina and later, after their admission into the iroquois confederacy, in New York.
an Iroquoian language, the language of the Tuscarora people.
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Tuscarora (ˌtʌskəˈrɔːrə)
n , -ras, -ra
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in North Carolina, who later moved to New York State and joined the Iroquois
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

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Word Origin & History

Iroquoian people, 1650, from Iroquoian, lit. "hemp-gatherers."
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Iroquoian-speaking North American Indian tribe. When first encountered by Europeans in the 17th century, the Tuscarora occupied what is now North Carolina. They were noted for their use of indigenous hemp for fibre and medicine; their name derives from an Iroquoian term for "hemp gatherers."

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