Etymology
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Erie

one of the Great Lakes, named for a native Iroquoian people who lived nearby, from French Erie, shortening of Rhiienhonons, said to mean "raccoon nation," perhaps in reference to a totemic animal. Related: Erian.

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Definitions of Erie

Erie (n.)
a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living on the south shore of Lake Erie in northern Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania and western New York;
Erie (n.)
the 4th largest of the Great Lakes; it is linked to the Hudson River by the New York State Barge Canal;
Synonyms: Lake Erie
Erie (n.)
a port city on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania;
From wordnet.princeton.edu