American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A family of North American Indian languages of the eastern part of Canada and the United States that includes Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Tuscarora, Cherokee, Erie, Huron, and Wyandot.
- n. A member of an Iroquoian-speaking people.
- adj. Of or constituting the Iroquoian language family.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as Iroquois.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a Native American language family including the Iroquois and Cherokee.
- n. A member of the Iroquois people.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of, pertaining to, or designating, one of the principal linguistic stocks of the North American Indians. The territory of the northern Iroquoian tribes, of whom the Five Nations, or Iroquois proper, were the chief, extended from the shores of the St. Lawrence and of Lakes Huron, Ontario, and Erie south, through eastern Pennsylvania, to Maryland; that of the southern tribes, of whom the Cherokees were chief, formed part of Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. All of the tribes were agricultural, and they were noted for large, communal houses, palisaded towns, and ability to organize, as well as for skill in war.
- n. a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
“By the time Céleron passed through, it had become a gathering place for Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples from the whole Ohio Country, most with grudges against the Six Nations, the French, or both.”
“Falling Woman, the ancestress of the Iroquoian tribes of the North Eastern portion of North America, was said to have tumbled out of the watery sky into the waters below.”
“I have been exploring the Iroquoian and West African pantheons lately.”
“Edward Morris 11:21 pm: I grew up in a waste dump built on an Iroquoian burial ground, Hollidaysburg, PA., which is stuffed so full of ghost stories I had to become an author. last sentence would not fit for some reason. g/a”
“They have seen the Algonkian- and Iroquoian-speaking societies they encountered in the Northeast as too different from British societies to have exerted lasting changes on them.”
“There, too, the native groups, descended from Mississippian societies, were far more hierarchical and autocratically ruled than the Algonkian- and Iroquoian-speaking groups in the Northeast.”
“The same goes for the pre-emptive illegal occupation of sovereign lands formally a part of Mexico, the Iroquoian and Cherokee nations, and other Native American tribes not listed.”
“Some Indians formed confederacies such as the League of the Five Nations, which was made up of certain New York-Pennsylvania groups of Iroquoian speech.”
“In the centuries before Molly Ockett's birth around 1740, the Abenaki, an eastern Algonquian tribe, maintained their historic homeland over an area stretching from the Iroquoian tribal lands in southern Québec to the northern Massachusetts border and from the Passamaquoddy territory in eastern Maine to the shore of Lake Champlain in western Vermont.”
“The Susquehannock were a powerful Iroquoian-speaking tribe who lived along the Susquehanna River and its branches from the north end of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, across Pennsylvania, and into southern New York.”
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