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n. pl. Tuscarora or Tus·ca·ro·ras
1. 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.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Tuscarora.
[From an Iroquoian source such as Mohawk akothasakaróręʔ; akin to Tuscarora skarò·rənʔ, ethnic self-designation, of unknown origin (but traditionally interpreted as "those of the fiber plant Apocynum cannabinum" ).]