- pl. -·ras or -·ra a member of a North American Indian people, orig. of North Carolina, but after 1714 of New York and later also Ontario: joined Iroquois Confederacy c. 1722 to become the sixth of the Six Nations
- the Iroquoian language of this people
Origin of Tuscarora; from a Five-Nations Iroquois language, an adaptation of Tuscarora skarò?r??, literally , uncertain or unknown; perhaps those of the Indian hemp
nounpl. Tuscarora or Tus·ca·ro·ras
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of North Carolina, with present-day populations in western New York and southeast Ontario, Canada. The Tuscarora migrated northward in the 1700s, joining the Iroquois confederacy in 1722 and adopting aspects of the Iroquois culture.
- The Iroquoian language of the Tuscarora.
Origin of TuscaroraFrom an Iroquoian source such as Mohawk akothasakarórę&qnodot;; akin to Tuscarora skarò·r&schwa;n&qnodot;, ethnic self-designation, of unknown origin (but traditionally interpreted as “those of the fiber plant Apocynum cannabinum” ).