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 for Five nations
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nation \Na"tion\, n. [F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a
     being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for
     gnatus, gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. [root]44. See
     Kin kindred, and cf. Cognate, Natal, Native.]
     1. (Ethnol.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth,
        distinguished from the rest by common descent, language,
        or institutions; a race; a stock.
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              All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.
                                                    --Rev. vii. 9.
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     2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an
        independent government of their own.
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              A nation is the unity of a people.    --Coleridge.
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              Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a
              nation.                               --F. S. Key.
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     3. Family; lineage. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     4.
        (a) One of the divisions of university students in a
            classification according to nativity, formerly common
            in Europe.
        (b) (Scotch Universities) One of the four divisions (named
            from the parts of Scotland) in which students were
            classified according to their nativity.
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     5. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a
        nation of herbs. --Sterne.
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     Five nations. See under Five.
  
     Law of nations. See International law, under
        International, and Law.
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     Syn: people; race. See People.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Five \Five\ (f[imac]v), a. [OE. fif, five, AS. f[imac]f,
     f[imac]fe; akin to D. vijf, OS. f[imac]f, OHG. finf, funf, G.
     f["u]nf, Icel. fimm, Sw. & Sw. Dan. fem, Goth. fimf, Lith.
     penki, W. pump, OIr. c['o]ic, L. quinque, Gr. pe`nte, [AE]ol.
     pe`mpe, Skr. pa[~n]can. [root]303. Cf. Fifth, Cinque,
     Pentagon, Punch the drink, Quinary.]
     Four and one added; one more than four.
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     Five nations (Ethnol.), a confederacy of the Huron-Iroquois
        Indians, consisting of five tribes: Mohawks, Onondagas,
        Cayugas, Oneidas, and Senecas. They inhabited the region
        which is now the State of new York.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Five Nations
      n 1: a league of Iroquois tribes including originally the
           Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca (the Five
           Nations); after 1722 they were joined by the Tuscarora (the
           Six Nations) [syn: Iroquois League, League of Iroquois,
           Five Nations, Six Nations]

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