A member of an Algonquian people formerly inhabiting part of Connecticut, or their language; a Mohegan. Although the spelling Mohegan is now preferred, Mohican is also found in modern use after J. Fenimore Cooper's usage in The Last of the Mohicans (1826) and other novels. In these stories, the American Indian Uncas is the last survivor of his people; the phrase last of the Mohicans is now used for the sole survivor of a noble race or kind.
From the 1960s, Mohican has been used to designate a hairstyle with the head shaved except for a strip of hair from the middle of the forehead to the back of the neck, typically stiffened to stand erect or in spikes. The style imitates a traditional deer-hair topknot worn by males of certain northeastern American Indian peoples, and is probably so named from conventional illustrations of the writings of J. Fenimore Cooper.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.