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n. pl. Oneida or O·nei·das
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting central New York south of Oneida Lake, with present-day populations in Wisconsin, New York, and Ontario. The Oneida are one of the original members of the Iroquois confederacy.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Oneida.
[Oneida onę·yóteʔ, erected stone, a village name.]
A city of central New York east-northeast of Syracuse. The Oneida Community, a Utopian society established in 1848 by John Humphrey Noyes, was nearby. It prospered through its manufacture of silverware and was reorganized in 1881 as a joint stock company.
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