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Mohegan

Line breaks: Mo|he¦gan
Pronunciation: /məʊˈhiːɡ(ə)n
 
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(also Mohican)

Definition of Mohegan in English:

noun (pluralsame or Mohegans)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Compare with Mahican.
Example sentences
  • With the advent of war, Plymouth gained support from New England's other colonies and from Mohegans, Pequots, and many Christian Indians.
  • Occom led many Christian Mohegans away from Connecticut in 1785, to join with other Christian southern New England tribal members in exodus to Brotherton, New York.
  • Mason, one of the founders of Norwich, and a force of Englishmen and Mohegans, are accused of burning down a Pequot village in 1637 during a war with the tribe.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Algonquian language of the Mohegan.

adjective

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Relating to the Mohegans or their language.
Example sentences
  • Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.
  • The painted stylized stockade, believed to represent the boundaries of ancestral lands, for instance, is often found on Nipmuc and Mohegan baskets.
  • I left the Dartmouth archive saturated with a sense of the tenuousness of Mohegan life in eighteenth-century New England.

Origin

from Mohegan, literally 'people of the tidal waters'.

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