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Tuscarora

Syllabification: Tus·ca·ro·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌtəskəˈrôrə
 
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Definition of Tuscarora in English:

noun (plural same or Tuscaroras)

1An American Indian people forming part of the Six Nations, originally inhabiting the Carolinas and later New York.
Example sentences
  • The Tuscaroras were fleeing north from war in the Carolinas in 1722.
  • During this period, the Tuscaroras were admitted as a sixth constituent nation.
  • Following the Revolutionary War, the Tuscaroras acquired land for their own reservation near the present day Lewiston, New York.
2The Iroquoian language of the Tuscarora.
Example sentences
  • The Cherokee language belongs to the Iroquoian family of languages and is therefore related to Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, among others.
  • Everyone started calling him MGM, which eventually evolved into Gihh-rhaggs, the Tuscarora word for lion.

adjective

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Relating to the Tuscarora or their language.
Example sentences
  • It led the Five Nations to invite Tuscarora refugees to enter the Longhouse.
  • Cusick's silence regarding the heterogeneity of his Iroquois audience-and-referent also fills the space between Five Nations and Tuscarora identity.
  • Ted Williams is a writer, an artist, and an elder from the Tuscarora tribe in the Iroquois nation in New York State.

Origin

from an Iroquois name, perhaps from Catawba (a Siouan language spoken in South Carolina) taskarudē.

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