Niagara

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From an Iroquoian language; compare Mohawk ohnyá:kara' (neck of land). The name of the tribe which resided in the area was recorded on early maps as Onguiarahronon or Niagagarega.[1]

Proper noun[edit]

Niagara

  1. A river (the Niagara River) which flows from Lake Erie, over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario; the geographical region of the United States and Canada in proximity to this river.
  2. A town in New York state.
  3. A city in Wisconsin

Noun[edit]

Niagara (plural Niagaras)

  1. (figuratively) A flood, torrent, or outpouring, especially one of massive proportions.
    • 1896, H. G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance, ch. 37:
      "We're gaining," said Mr. Hoopdriver, with a little Niagara of perspiration dropping from brow to cheek.
    • 1909, Ralph Henry Barbour, The Half-Back, ch. 23:
      It was useless to try and drown that Niagara of sound.
  2. A Niagara grape.
    • 1950, Peter John Valaer, Wines of the world:
      The basic material for sherry is a mixture or a blend of dry wines from Niagaras, Delawares, and Catawbas or other white juices, which are sweetened and fortified and then blended with California sherry.
    • 2004, Dan Lynch, Hustlers, heroes and hooligans: reporting on the New York experience:
      During the past 25 years, New York wineries have moved away from Niagaras and Delawares and begun producing world-class wines from European grapes and specially cultured hybrids and varietals.

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  1. ^ 1978, William C. Sturtevant (Smithsonian Institution), Handbook of North American Indians, volume 13, part 1, page 411