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U.S. state, earlier a county of Virginia, organized 1776; the name is of Iroquois or Shawnee origin, perhaps a Wyandot (Iroquoian) word meaning "meadow" (compare Seneca geda'geh "at the field"); the river name seems to have been the original use in English; the native use perhaps was first in reference to a village in Clark County known in Shawnee as Eskippakithiki. Related: Kentuckian.