ho·​gan | \ ˈhō-ˌgän How to pronounce hogan (audio) \

Definition of hogan

: 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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The region’s canyons are home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites dense with rock art, hogans, granaries, pots, and baskets. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Monument status also promises better protection of the area’s cultural sites and antiquities, which include Basket Maker pit houses and Pueblo fortresses, historic Navajo hogans and Ute tipi rings. Andy Isaacson, National Geographic, "Two New National Monuments Created in Utah and Nevada," 29 Dec. 2016 Tip o'the ben hogan to Sean Carton, Mark Frauenfelder, Paul McFedries, and Steve Rubel. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Jargon Watch," 1 Oct. 2000

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First Known Use of hogan

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hogan

Navajo hooghan

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ho·​gan | \ ˈhō-ˌgän How to pronounce hogan (audio) \

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

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