Gitche Gumee

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From Ojibwe gichigami (big lake).

Proper noun[edit]

Gitche Gumee

  1. (colloquial) Lake Superior.
    • 1909, James Anson Farrer, Invasion and Conscription: Some Letters from a Mere Civilian to a Famous General
      But this presents no difficulty to “Gitche Gumee,” for the German weather forecasts could easily enable the force to choose a period of calm or of favourable winds.
    • 1974-05-27, Sports Illustrated,
      OFF THE SHORES OF GITCHE GUMEE (article title)
    • 1976, Gordon Lightfoot, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”:
      The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down / Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee.
    • 2012, Bradley Carlson, Wisconsin 1 Step at a Time: Taking Steps to Trample Muscular Dystrophy, iUniverse →ISBN, page 111
      The Race to Lake Gitche Gumee Begins
    • 2014, Jennifer Billock, Keweenaw County, Arcadia Publishing →ISBN, page 69
      Perhaps the most well known is Gitche Gumee. Long before settlers arrived in Keweenaw County, the Ojibwa gave the great lake this name, translating to “big water.”