mackinaw

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Representing an earlier colloquial pronunciation of Mackinac, a strait between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, an island in the strait, and an important trading-post on the island; ultimately from Ojibwe mishinii-makinaang (at the place of many snapping turtles).

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mackinaw (plural mackinaws)

  1. A heavy, woolen cloth.
  2. A blanket made of wool formerly distributed to the Amerindians by the U.S. government.
  3. A flat-bottomed cargo boat, see mackinaw boat.

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References[edit]

  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)