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or long house  (lông′hous′)
A long communal dwelling, especially of certain Native American, Polynesian, and Indonesian peoples.
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long house



1. (Architecture) a long communal dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indian peoples. It often served as a council house as well
2. (Architecture) a long dwelling found in other parts of the world, such as Borneo
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long′ house`

a communal structure, mainly of the Iroquois, orig. consisting of a wooden, bark-covered framework often as much as 100 ft. (30.5 m) in length: formerly used as a dwelling.
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(loŋ) adjective
1. measuring a great distance from one end to the other. a long journey; a long road; long legs.
2. having a great period of time from the first moment to the last. The book took a long time to read; a long conversation; a long delay.
3. measuring a certain amount in distance or time. The wire is two centimetres long; The television programme was just over an hour long.
4. away, doing or using something etc for a great period of time. Will you be long?
5. reaching to a great distance in space or time. She has a long memory
1. a great period of time. This happened long before you were born.
2. for a great period of time. Have you been waiting long?
ˈlongways adverb
in the direction of the length. The planks had to go into the lorry longways.
ˌlong-ˈdistance adjective
long-distance races; a long-distance lorry-driver; a long-distance telephone call.
ˌlong-drawn-ˈout adjective
taking a needlessly long time. long-drawn-out discussions.
ˈlonghand noun
ordinary writing as opposed to shorthand.
long house
in tribal societies, a long rectangular dwelling shared by several families, especially in south-east Asia and amongst North American Indians.
long jump
a sports contest in which people jump as far as possible.
long-playing record (usually abbreviated to LP)
a record which plays for a long time.
ˌlong-ˈrange adjective
1. able to reach a great distance. long-range rockets.
2. taking into consideration a long period of time. a long-range weather forecast.
ˌlong-ˈsighted adjective
having difficulty in seeing close objects clearly.
ˌlong-ˈsightedness noun
ˌlong-ˈsuffering adjective
patiently enduring a great deal of trouble.
ˌlong-ˈwinded adjective
(of a speaker or his speech) tiresomely long.
as long as / so long as
1. provided only that. As/So long as you're happy, it doesn't matter what you do.
2. while; during the time that. As long as he's here I'll have more work to do.
before (very) long
soon. Come in and wait – he'll be here before long!
in the long run
in the end. We thought we would save money, but in the long run our spending was about the same as usual.
the long and the short of it
the whole story in a few words.
no longer
not now as in the past. This cinema is no longer used.
so long!
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References in classic literature ?
The upstanding rods of bamboo which made the walls were pale yellow, the sloping rods that made the roof were of darker red or brown, otherwise the long house was a thing of repetition and monotony.
We will see what decision is made by the leadership whether to proceed (with Julau PKR Division election) or to postpone it, 'she told a media conference tonight after visiting several long houses in the Sibu and Kanowit areas during the day.
In 1901 on Goaribari Island in the Gulf of Papua, missionary Harry Dauncey found 10,000 skulls in the island's Long Houses, evidence of past practices.
eleven long houses and their racks of drying fish, their
But the discoveries have baffled historians and archaeologists, with some experts raising the possibility the structures could be "long houses" and could date as far back as the New Stone Age, known as the Neolithic Age.
Clarke said that most of the known long houses were built on posts about a 1ft wide, but trees had been used for the base of the Monmouth structure.
For anything up to a week, visitors to Orchestrator would be "in character" feasting and drinking mead and sleeping in Viking long houses or thatched-roofed huts.
While the Nez Perce refer to themselves as "NiMiiPuu," meaning "The People," Lewis and Clark called the people of the tribe "Nez Perce," meaning "pierced noses." Southern neighboring tribes, including the Shoshone and Bannock, referred to the Nez Perce as "people under the tule," because the Nez Perce lived in tule mat-covered double lean-to long houses. Another nickname was "Khouse eaters" because the Nez Perce gathered roots and berries, such as the khouse root, as well as hunted.
Some of the changes include new limits on how long houses can be boarded up and a landlord registration system.