longhouse

noun
long·house | \ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s, -ˈhau̇s\

Definition of longhouse 

: a long communal dwelling of some North American Indians (such as the Iroquois)

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Its centerpiece is an open-sided thatched-roof longhouse built on a slope that overlooks a green expanse of lawn and flowering trees on one side, and a bend of the Palomino River on the other. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 From his longhouse, at sunset, there was the squawk of parrots, and the night sky soon filled with stars. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Today, in addition to the center, there are three trails, a representative garden (featuring the Three Sisters — corn, beans, and squash), and a full-size replica of a bark longhouse open to the public. Patti Nickell, Philly.com, "The Finger Lakes are a pretty destination for history and wine," 1 Dec. 2017 And across the hall from the longhouse, ancient saga manuscripts are also on display. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Paths of Viking Raiders from Norway to North America," 25 Oct. 2017 The ruins are right in the middle of the village—also one of the oldest villages in the Islands—and contain longhouse and barn foundations. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Paths of Viking Raiders from Norway to North America," 25 Oct. 2017 The main island still holds the remains of the chieftain’s longhouse at Borg and a cluster of Viking Age boathouses. K.n. Smith, Ars Technica, "We know Vikings as infamous raiders—was that merely a response to climate change?," 6 Aug. 2017 Like a longhouse in Asia, the spaces open onto a patio (outfitted with a serious barbecue) and the house's playground beyond, with its lawn, pool, and small prairie of grasses. Joseph Giovannini, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: Contemporary Decor Blends With Farmhouse Tradition Inside A Hamptons Barn," 2 July 2015

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1643, in the meaning defined above

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longhouse

noun
long·house | \ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s \

Kids Definition of longhouse

: a long dwelling especially of the Iroquois for several families

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