Definition of Mohawk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈməʊhɔːk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊhɔːk//
(pl. Mohawk, Mohawks)
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a member of a Native American people, many of whom live in New York State and Canada Word Originfrom Narragansett mohowawog, literally ‘maneaters’. Narragansett is an extinct Algonquian language. Culture The Mohawks were part of the Iroquois League, and tradition says that Hiawatha was their leader. They originally lived in New York State in the Mohawk Valley along the Mohawk River, and they helped the British during the American Revolution. Mohawks are known today as excellent steel workers who help to construct skyscrapers (= very tall buildings).
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