potomac river

Potomac

[puh-toh-muhk]
noun
1.
a river flowing SE from the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, along the boundary between Maryland and Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. 287 miles (460 km) long.
2.
a city in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
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Potomac (pəˈtəʊmək)
 
n
a river in the E central US, rising in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia: flows northeast, then generally southeast to Chesapeake Bay. Length (from the confluence of headstreams): 462 km (287 miles)

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Potomac
from Algonquian Patowmeck, originally the name of a native village in Virginia, perhaps lit. "something brought."
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Potomac River [(puh-toh-muhk)]

A river that divides Washington, D.C., from Virginia.

Note: Sometimes used to refer loosely to Washington, D.C.: “Along the Potomac today, Congress met to vote on the budget.”
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