Definition of


  1. (noun, person) Canadian explorer (born in England) who explored the Mackenzie River and who was first to cross North America by land north of Mexico (1764-1820)
  2. (noun, object) a Canadian river; flows into the Beaufort Sea

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Mackenzie

  1. river in Canada, named for Scottish fur trader and explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820) who discovered and explored it 1789. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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