Cher`o*kees" (?), n. pl.;
sing. Cherokee. (Ethnol.)
An Appalachian tribe of Indians, formerly inhabiting the
region about the head waters of the Tennessee River. They are now
mostly settled in the Indian Territory, and have become one of
the most civilized of the Indian Tribes.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Cherokees, a tribe of American Indians, numbering some 20,000, in
the NW. of the Indian Territory, U.S.; civilised, self-governing, and
increasing; formerly occupied the region about the Tennessee River.
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