Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting northeast New York along the Mohawk and upper Hudson valleys north to the St. Lawrence River, with present-day populations chiefly in southern Ontario and extreme northern New York. The Mohawk were the easternmost member of the Iroquois confederacy.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Iroquoian language of the Mohawk.
  • n. A hairstyle in which the scalp is shaved except for an upright strip of hair that runs across the crown of the head from the forehead to the nape of the neck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An indigenous people of North America originally from the Mohawk Valley in upstate New York to southern Quebec and eastern Ontario, the easternmost of the Iroquois Five Nations.
  • proper n. The Iroquoian language spoken by these North American indigenous people.
  • n. An individual member of the Mohawk people.
  • n. A hairstyle where both sides are shaved, with the hair along the crest of the head kept long, and usually styled so as to stand straight up.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. One of a tribe of Indians who formed part of the Five Nations. They formerly inhabited the valley of the Mohawk River.
  • proper n. One of certain ruffians who infested the streets of London in the time of Addison, and took the name from the Mohawk Indians.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a tribe of American Indians of the Huron-Iroquois family, situated along the Mohawk river. It was the easternmost of the Five Nations. See Iroquois.
  • n. A ruffian; specifically [cap. or lowercase], one of those who infested the streets of London about the beginning of the eighteenth century: so called from the Indian tribe of that name.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living along the Mohawk River in New York State
  • n. the Iroquoian language spoken by the Mohawk
  • n. haircut in which the head is shaved except for a band of hair down the middle of the scalp

Etymologies

Narragansett Mohowaúg.
After Mohawk1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An exonym, probably from an Narragansett word meaning "they eat (animate things)", "cannibals". The phoneme /m/ is not present in the Mohawk language; the Mohawk autonym is Kanien'kehá:ka (Kanienkehaka, Kanyenkehaka). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Genealogist Rudyard Edick recently visited the Fort Herkimer Church in Mohawk, N. Y., to photograph the grave of his ancestor Michael Ittig (Edick).

    Spelunking for Ancestors

  • Owera = third child of Rosz and Nilma; after graduation works as qigong on Yanja; (name means wind in Mohawk)

    Archive 2004-12-12

  • The sycamore, very abundant to the north of us, on the Mohawk, is rare here; it is found on the banks of a little stream two or three miles to the southward, and that is the only spot in the neighborhood where it has been observed.

    Rural Hours

  • As the name, unlike the word Mohawk, is readily pronounced by the people to whom it was given, and as they seem to have in some measure accepted it, there is not the same reason for objecting to its use as exists in the case of the latter word, -- more especially as there is no absolute certainty that it is not really an Iroquois word.

    The Iroquois Book of Rites

  • Colley believes it may be a dolphin, which became known as Mohawk, that was previously found injured.

    Brownsville Herald :

  • She was an Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve in Southern Ontario.

    Commemorative Ceremony for WWI Veterans « Mudpuddle

  • Inc. Jun Planning Gremlin Mohawk fur doll statue Chucky Hot

    Gremlins Mohawk | SciFi, Fantasy & Horror Collectibles

  • Agniehrononnon Agniers in French, Mohawk in English; Champlain called them Yroquois and used the word both for the Mohawk and the larger league

    Champlain's Dream

  • In the Iroquois League the Mohawk were the “eldest brother,” first among equals.

    Champlain's Dream

  • To Mayall the Valley of the Mohawk was a land where flowers bloomed, where one fair girl flitted about through green glades and virgin forests, and lifted his mind to the supernatural, and he seemed to listen to the voice of seraphs.

    The Forest King Wild Hunter of the Adaca

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