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[mish-i-guh n] /ˈmɪʃ ɪ gən/
a state in the N central United States. 58,216 sq. mi. (150,780 sq. km).
Capital: Lansing.
Abbreviation: MI (for use with zip code), Mich.
Lake, a lake in the N central U.S., between Wisconsin and Michigan: one of the five Great Lakes. 22,400 sq. mi. (58,015 sq. km).
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the US name for newmarket (sense 2)


a state of the N central US, occupying two peninsulas between Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan, and Erie: generally low-lying. Capital: Lansing. Pop: 10 079 985 (2003 est). Area: 147 156 sq km (56 817 sq miles) Abbreviation Mich, (with zip code) MI
Lake Michigan, a lake in the N central US between Wisconsin and Michigan: the third largest of the five Great Lakes and the only one wholly in the US; linked with Lake Huron by the Straits of Mackinac. Area: 58 000 sq km (22 400 sq miles)
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name originally applied to the lake, perhaps from Old Ojibwa (Algonquian) *meshi-gami "big lake." The spelling is French. Organized as a U.S. territory 1805, admitted as a state 1837. A resident might be a Michigander (1848) or a Michiganian (1813).

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Lake Michigan definition

Lake bordered by Michigan to the north and east, Indiana to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin to the west.

Note: Third largest of the Great Lakes and largest freshwater lake entirely within the United States.

Michigan definition

State in the northern United States bordered on the north by Lake Superior; on the east by Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Ontario, Canada; on the south by Ohio and Indiana; and on the west by Wisconsin and Lake Michigan. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit.

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