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Jun 12, 2020
This week’s theme
Words having origins in rivers

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Niagara

Niagara
Voute sous la Chute du Niagara - Niagara Falls
Drawing: Jacques-Hippolyte van der Burch
Engraving: Chollet, c. 1841
Image: Wikimedia Commons

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Niagara

PRONUNCIATION:
(ny-AG-ruh, ny-AG-uhr-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An outpouring; a deluge.

ETYMOLOGY:
After the Niagara river which forms the Niagara Falls, a group of three massive waterfalls, between the US and Canada. Earliest documented use: 1800.

USAGE:
“The sight of the eyes triggered something -- something massive. A Niagara of memory came thundering back.”
Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, and R.L. Stine; Gaslighted; Simon & Schuster; 2014.

See more usage examples of Niagara in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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