Cherokees


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Cher·o·kee

 (chĕr′ə-kē′, chĕr′ə-kē′)
n. pl. Cherokee or Cher·o·kees
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the southern Appalachian Mountains from the western Carolinas and eastern Tennessee to northern Georgia, with present-day populations in northeast Oklahoma and western North Carolina. The Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s after conflict with American settlers over rights to traditional lands.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Cherokee.

[From Cherokee tsalaki.]

Cher′o·kee′ adj.
References in classic literature ?
The barbarous savage nations of Shawanese, Cherokees, Wyandots, Tawas, Delawares, and several others near Detroit, united in a war against us, and assembled their choicest warriors at old Chelicothe, to go on the expedition, in order to destroy us, and entirely depopulate the country.
side of Kentucke River, from the Cherokee Indians, to attend their treaty at Wataga, in March, 1775, to negotiate with them, and, mention the boundaries of the purchase.
Fancy him on a South Sea island, with the Cherokees, or Patagonians, or some such wild niggers
The remnants of the Mohicans, and the Delawares, of the Creeks, Choctaws, and Cherokees, are destined to fulfil their time on these vast plains.
Also, their effect was irritating, for Cherokee began to growl, very softly, deep down in his throat.
As the impetus that carried Cherokee forward died down, he continued to go forward of his own volition, in a swift, bow-legged run.
With a slight manifestation of anger, Cherokee took up the pursuit again, running on the inside of the circle White Fang was making, and striving to fasten his deadly grip on White Fang's throat.
Time and again White Fang had attempted to knock Cherokee off his feet; but the difference in their height was too great.
It was not a good grip, being too low down toward the chest; but Cherokee held on.
Cherokee still holding his grip, urged against him, trying to get him over entirely on his side.
Cherokee might well have been disembowelled had he not quickly pivoted on his grip and got his body off of White Fang's and at right angles to it.
But the wall was clearest crystal; and Sarah was looking down a grassy lane shaded with cherry trees and elms and bordered with raspberry bushes and Cherokee roses.