Definition of Onondaga in English:

Onondaga

Syllabification: On·on·da·ga
Pronunciation: /ˌänənˈdôɡə, ˌōnən-, -ˈdāɡə
 
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noun (plural same or Onondagas)

1A member of an Iroquois people, one of the Five Nations, formerly inhabiting an area near Syracuse, New York.
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  • Hofstra begins by recalling a violent skirmish in 1742 on the Virginia frontier between white settlers and a group of Oneidas and Onondagas traveling from their homelands in New York to the Carolinas.
  • In one pending claim, the Onondagas claim they own a large tract of land on which sits, among many other things, the city of Syracuse.
  • Then Olbrechts spent three months in 1928 among the Tuscarora, and in 1929 he was for a brief time with the Onondaga.
2The Iroquoian language of the Onondaga.
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  • The Cherokee language belongs to the Iroquoian family of languages and is therefore related to Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, among others.

adjective

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Relating to the Onondaga or their language.
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  • The Tuscarora slowly emigrated into Iroquois territory and settled amongst the Oneida (and on Onondaga margins).
  • The next speaker, Audrey Shenandoah, is a Clan Mother of the Eel Clan, Onondaga Nation.
  • A delegation of 40 Onondaga envoys arrived to negotiate a cease-fire and were seized and sent back to France as slaves.

Origin

from the Onondaga name of their main settlement, literally 'on the hill'.

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