name of a North American native people of upper New York and adjacent Canada, and their (Iroquoian) language, 1630s, Mohowawogs (plural), which is said to derive from a word in a southern New England Algonquian tongue meaning "they eat living things," perhaps a reference to cannibalism. Compare Unami Delaware /muhuwe:yck/ "cannibal monsters." The people's name for themselves is kanye'keha:ka.

In reference to the haircut style favored by punk rockers, c. 1975, from fancied resemblance to hair styleS of the Indians in old illustrations. The style of cut earlier was called a Mohican (1960). Mohoc, Mohock, a variant form of the word, was the name given 1711 to gangs of aristocratic London ruffians (compare Apache). As the name of turn in figure skating that involves a change of foot but not a change of edge, by 1880.

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Definitions of Mohawk
mohawk (n.)
haircut in which the head is shaved except for a band of hair down the middle of the scalp;
Synonyms: mohawk haircut
Mohawk (n.)
a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living along the Mohawk River in New York State;
Mohawk (n.)
the Iroquoian language spoken by the Mohawk;