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[mak-uh-naw] /ˈmæk əˌnɔ/
a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.
Origin of mackinaw
First recorded in 1755-65; spelling variant of Mackinac
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mackinawed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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type of boat used on the Great Lakes, 1812, from Mackinac, name of a port and island in Michigan, from Ojibway (Algonquian) mitchimakinak "many turtles," from mishiin- "be many" + mikinaak "snapping turtle." As a type of heavy blanket given to the Indians by the U.S. government, it is attested from 1822.

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