The Nutmeg State gets its name from the Connecticut River, which in turn gets its name from the Mohican quinnitukq-ut, meaning long tidal river.1
1Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names: United States and Canada, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 118;
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 481.
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