Michigan derives its name, quite appropriately, from an Algonquin word meaning great lake. Exactly which Algonquin language the name comes from is uncertain, but it is almost certainly akin to the Fox mešikami, or large lake.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 1426;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 340.
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