Definition of Tuscarora in English:


Syllabification: Tus·ca·ro·ra
Pronunciation: /ˌtəskəˈrôrə

noun (plural same or Tuscaroras)

1An American Indian people forming part of the Six Nations, originally inhabiting the Carolinas and later New York.
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  • 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.
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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.
  • Everyone started calling him MGM, which eventually evolved into Gihh-rhaggs, the Tuscarora word for lion.


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Relating to the Tuscarora or their language.
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  • 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.


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

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