Main definitions of modoc in US English:

: Modoc1modoc2

Modoc1

(also Modock)

noun

US
  • 1A member of a North American Indian people living on the border of Oregon and California.

  • 2The extinct language of the Modoc, a dialect of Klamath (or Klamath–Modoc), which is hypothesized to be part of the Penutian superfamily.

adjective

US
  • Of, relating to, or designating the Modoc.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Klamath mo:wat'a:k, lit. ‘in the extreme south’, a name for Tule Lake in the centre of the Modoc territory.

Pronunciation

Modoc

/ˈməʊdɒk/

Main definitions of modoc in US English:

: Modoc1modoc2

modoc2

(also modock)

noun

US
rare, slang
  • A person who takes up aviation for reasons of self-publicity or social prestige.

Origin

1930s. Origin unknown: see quot. 1931.

Pronunciation

modoc

/ˈməʊdɒk/