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group of American Indian peoples which originally inhabited the Hudson River Valley of the United States (includes the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Onondaga tribes); member of one of the Iroquois tribes

\ir`o*quois"\ (?), n. sing. & pl. [f.] (ethnol.) 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.

The Iroquois ( or ), also known as the Haudenosaunee , or the Six Nations, (the Five Nations and Five Nations of the Iroquois before 1722), and to themselves as the Goano'ganoch'sa'jeh'seroni or Ganonsyoni, are a historically powerful and important northeast Native American confederacy known as the "Iroquois League" and later as the "Iroquois Confederacy." It comprises the Six Nations: Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. Many prominent individuals are members of Iroquois nations or have Iroquois ancestry.

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1. 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
(hypernym) Indian, North American Indian, American Indian, Red Indian
(hyponym) Cayuga
2. a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois peoples
(synonym) Iroquoian, Iroquoian language
(hypernym) Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian
(hyponym) Cherokee

(n. sing. & pl.)
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.

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