group of American Indian peoples which originally inhabited the Hudson River Valley of the United States (includes the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Onondaga tribes); member of one of the Iroquois tribes
iroquois \ir`o*quois"\ (?), n. sing. & pl. [f.] (ethnol.) a powerful and warlike confederacy of indian tribes, formerly inhabiting central new york and constituting most of the five nations. also, any indian of the iroquois tribes.
The Iroquois ( or ), also known as the Haudenosaunee , are a historically powerful and important northeast Native American confederacy. They were known during the colonial years to the French as the "Iroquois League," and later as the "Iroquois Confederacy," and to the English as the "Five Nations" (before 1722), and later as the "Six Nations", comprising the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora peoples.
Noun 1. any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York state; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution (hypernym) Indian, North American Indian, American Indian, Red Indian (hyponym) Cayuga 2. a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois peoples (synonym) Iroquoian, Iroquoian language (hypernym) Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian (hyponym) Cherokee