Other Word Forms of Mackinaw
Origin of Mackinaw
Representing an earlier colloquial pronunciation of Mackinac, a strait between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, an island in the strait, and an important trading-post on the island; ultimately from Ojibwe mishinii-makinaang (“at the place of many snapping turtles").
After Old Mackinac , a fort on the site of present-day Mackinaw City in northern Michigan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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