Etymology
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Seneca

1610s, from Dutch Sennecas, collective name for the Iroquois tribes of what became upper New York, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Mahican name for the Oneida or their village. Earlier sinnekens, senakees; the form of the English word probably was influenced by the name of the ancient Roman philosopher. The name sometimes was used by Americans for all the Iroquois.

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Definitions of Seneca

Seneca (n.)
Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD);
Synonyms: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Seneca (n.)
a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living in New York State south of Lake Ontario;
Seneca (n.)
the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca;
From wordnet.princeton.edu