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Niagara

[nahy-ag-ruh, -ag-er-uh] /naɪˈæg rə, -ˈæg ər ə/
noun
1.
a river on the boundary between W New York and Ontario, Canada, flowing from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. 34 miles (55 km) long.
3.
Fort, a fort in W New York, at the mouth of the Niagara River.
4.
(lowercase) anything taken as resembling Niagara Falls in force and relentlessness; avalanche:
a niagara of criticism.
5.
Horticulture.
  1. a variety of white grape, grown for table use.
  2. the vine bearing this fruit.
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British Dictionary definitions for niagara river

Niagara

/naɪˈæɡrə; -ˈæɡərə/
noun
1.
a river in NE North America, on the border between W New York State and Ontario, Canada, flowing from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Length: 45 km (28 miles)
2.
a torrent
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Word Origin and History for niagara river

Niagara

waterfall from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario, from a town name, perhaps from an Iroquoian language and meaning "a neck" (between two bodies of water); general sense of "a cataract, torrent" is attested from 1841; meaning " 'shower' of ringlets (true or false) in women's hair" is from 1864, also known as cataract curls.

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Encyclopedia Article for niagara river

Niagara

county, northwestern New York state, U.S. It consists of a lowland region bounded to the north by Lake Ontario, to the west by Ontario, Can. (the Niagara River constituting the border), and to the south by Tonawanda Creek, which is incorporated into the Erie Canal (itself part of the New York State Canal System). Among the other waterways are Power Reservoir and Eighteenmile and Johnson creeks. Niagara Falls, a cataract on the Niagara River between New York and Ontario, is one of North America's best-known natural wonders and an important source of hydroelectric power for both the United States and Canada. The falls are surrounded by parklands-including Niagara Falls State Park, New York's oldest state park (established 1885). Among the other state parks are Whirlpool, Devil's Hole, Wilson-Tuscarora, and Golden Hill. Oak trees predominate in wooded areas

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