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Ottawa

[ot-uh-wuh] /ˈɒt ə wə/
noun, plural Ottawas (especially collectively) Ottawa for 5.
1.
a city in and the capital of Canada, in SE Ontario.
2.
a river in SE Canada, flowing SE along the boundary between Ontario and Quebec into the St. Lawrence at Montreal. 685 miles (1105 km) long.
3.
a city in NE Illinois, SW of Chicago.
4.
a town in E Kansas.
5.
a member of a tribe of Algonquian Indians of Canada, forced into the Lake Superior and Lake Michigan regions by the Iroquois confederacy.
6.
the Ojibwa language as used by the Ottawa Indians.
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British Dictionary definitions for ottawa river

Ottawa

/ˈɒtəwə/
noun
1.
the capital of Canada, in E Ontario on the Ottawa River: name changed from Bytown to Ottawa in 1854. Pop: 774 072 (2001)
2.
a river in central Canada, rising in W Quebec and flowing west, then southeast to join the St Lawrence River as its chief tributary at Montreal; forms the border between Quebec and Ontario for most of its length. Length: 1120 km (696 miles)
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Word Origin and History for ottawa river

Ottawa

Canadian capital, founded 1827 as Bytown, named for English officer John By, who oversaw construction of the canal there; renamed 1854, when it became capital, for the Ottawa River, which took its name from the Algonquian people who lived in Michigan and Ontario. Their name is said to be from adawe "to trade."

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Capital of Canada, located in southeastern Ontario across the Ottawa River from Quebec.

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