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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A group of five freshwater lakes of central North America between the United States and Canada, including Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. The Great Lakes connect Midwestern ports with the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
  • A group of several large lakes in the vicinity of the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa. The group is generally considered to include Lakes Victoria, Albert, Edward, Kivu, Tanganyika, and Nyasa.

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  • proper noun A group of five lakes on the United States-Canada border, consisting of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron (Lake Michigan–Huron), Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a group of five large, interconnected lakes in central North America

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