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1 waterfall in Canada is the Horseshoe Falls; in the United States it is the American Falls [syn: Niagara Falls]
2 a river flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario; forms boundary between Ontario and New York [syn: Niagara River]

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Proper noun

  1. A river which flows from Lake Erie, over Niagara Falls into Lake Ontario
  2. A town in New York state

Extensive Definition

The word Niagara (Iroquois Nation pronunciation "Nee-ah-GAh-rah") comes from the Iroquois word onghiar, meaning "Across the Neck" or "The Strait" but is popularly translated as "Thundering of Waters". It was their name for a waterfall at the point where the other American Great Lakes empty into Ontario that was later adapted by European settlers as Niagara Falls.
Many geographic locations near the falls were named after Niagara, including:




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