hogan

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noun ho·gan \ˈhō-ˌgän\

Definition of hogan

  1. :  a Navajo Indian dwelling usually made of logs and mud with a door traditionally facing east

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The traditional dwelling of the Navajo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico is called a hogan. The hogan is roughly circular and constructed usually of logs, which are stepped in gradually to create a domed roof. The whole structure is then covered with mud and sod, except for a circular opening in the roof that allows smoke to escape. The entrance generally faces the rising sun.

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Origin and Etymology of hogan

Navajo hooghan


First Known Use: 1871


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hogan

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noun ho·gan \ˈhō-ˌgän\

Definition of hogan for Students

  1. :  a Navajo Indian dwelling made of logs and mud with a door traditionally facing east


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