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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ir•o•quoisˈɪr əˌkwɔɪ, -ˌkwɔɪz(n.)(pl.)-quois.

  1. a member of any of the American Indian peoples, orig. centered in New York, that comprise the Five Nations confederacy: surviving Iroquois live primarily in New York, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Ontario, and Quebec.

    Category: Peoples

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Iroquois(noun)

    any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution

  2. Iroquoian, Iroquois, Iroquoian language(noun)

    a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois

Wiktionary

  1. Iroquois(ProperNoun)

    A confederacy of (originally) five Native American (Indian) tribes: the Mohawks, the Oneidas, the Onondagas, the Cayugas, and the Senecas. Also known as the Iroquois League.

  2. Iroquois(ProperNoun)

    A person belonging to one of these tribes.

  3. Iroquois(ProperNoun)

    Any of the languages of the Iroquois, belonging to the Iroquoian family of languages.

  4. Iroquois(ProperNoun)

    A kind of hairdo, where both sides of the head are shaved leaving only a stripe of hair in the middle.

  5. Origin: French, from Algonquian , literally, 'real adders'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iroquois

    a powerful and warlike confederacy of Indian tribes, formerly inhabiting Central New York and constituting most of the Five Nations. Also, any Indian of the Iroquois tribes

Freebase

  1. Iroquois

    The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse", are a league of several nations and tribes of indigenous people of North America. After the Iroquoian-speaking peoples of present-day central and upstate New York coalesced as distinct tribes, by the 16th century or earlier, they came together in an association known today as the Iroquois League, or the "League of Peace and Power". The Iroquois are a matrilineal society. They have clan mothers, or main women of the leagues. The original Iroquois League was often known as the Five Nations, as it was composed of the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca nations. After the Tuscarora nation joined the League in 1722, the Iroquois became known as the Six Nations. The League is embodied in the Grand Council, an assembly of fifty hereditary sachems. Other Iroquian peoples lived along the St. Lawrence River, around the Great Lakes and in the American Southeast, but they were not part of the Haudenosaunee and often competed and warred with these tribes. When Europeans first arrived in North America, the Haudenosaunee were based in what is now the northeastern United States, primarily in what is referred to today as upstate New York west of the Hudson River and through the Finger Lakes region. Today, the Iroquois live primarily in New York, Quebec, and Ontario.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Iroquois

    one of the most intelligent branches of the North American Indians, comprised a confederation of five, afterwards six, tribes, among whom the leading place was taken by the Mohawks; their territory lay inland in what is now New York State and the basin of the St. Lawrence. Numbering some 25,000, they maintained their own against the hereditary foes by whom they were surrounded; they took kindly to English and Dutch settlers, but were hostile to the French, and in the wars of the 18th century were allies of England against the French; their descendants, about 12,000, in reservations in Canada and New York are a peaceful people, have accepted English religion and culture, and have proved themselves skilful and industrious agriculturists.

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