longhouse

noun
long·​house | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce longhouse (audio) , -ˈhau̇s\

Definition of longhouse

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

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Remains of a medieval timber longhouse were also found, which suggests the site was occupied after the early part of the 13th century. Fox News, "Ancient Roman mine with 'some of world’s richest mineral deposits in the world' discovered in England," 4 July 2019 Today, the powwow that accompanies the Celilo First Salmon ceremony, usually held in mid-April at the village longhouse, is open to the public, with a salmon picnic to follow. Corey Arnold, National Geographic, "Why wild salmon remains king in the Pacific Northwest," 27 Mar. 2019 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

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1643, in the meaning defined above

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longhouse

noun
long·​house | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce longhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of longhouse

: a long dwelling especially of the Iroquois for several families

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