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longhouse (plural longhouses)
- A long communal housing of the Iroquois and some other American Indians, the Malays, the Indonesians the Vikings and many other peoples.
- 1751, C. Gist, Journals, p. 51:
- 1753, George Washington, Diary, Vol. I, p. 50:
- We met in Council at the Long House.
- 1826, James Fenimore Cooper, Last of Mohicans, Vol. I, Preface, p. vi:
- ... where the ‘long house’, or Great Council Fire, of the nation was universally admitted to be established.
- 1894 May 1, Sarawak Gazette, p. 67:
- 1912, Hose & al., Pagan Tribes of Borneo, Vol. I, Ch. iv:
- The Kenyah village frequently consists of a single long house.
- 1966, G.E. Evans, Pattern under Plough, Ch. v, p. 72:
- The Welsh long-houses... with long sides and opposite doors providing a passage from side to side, and dividing the building roughly in two.
- 1971 July 15, Lady, p. 88:
- (obsolete, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used for urination and defecation.
- (outhouse): See Wikisaurus:bathroom
outhouse — see outhouse
- Oxford English Dictionary. "long, adj.1 and n."