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Kill (body of water)
- Created 2012-02-26
body of water
. The word comes from the Middle
, meaning "riverbed" or "water channel".
The term is used in areas of
influence in the
s and other areas of the former
colony of Dutch America to describe a
arm of the sea
. Examples are
Kill Van Kull
, both separating
, Dutch Kills and English Kills off Newtown Creek, Bronx Kill between The Bronx and Randall's Island, and used as a composite name,
in New York and New Jersey and the
was the primary
New York City
in the second half of the 20th Century and was once the largest in the world.
Peekskill is a city on the Hudson River settled by the Dutch, founded by one, Jan Peake, a fur trader and sea captain. The creek, or "Kill" that fed the Hudson at this wide bend in the river, and gave the city its name, was abundant with fish, surrounded by game, and became an early settlement and trading center.
Humorously, in Delaware, there exists a
. "Kill" also shows up in location names as in the
and the town of
Fishkill, New York
, which was the subject of a campaign against etymology by animal rights group,
, which wanted a more animal-friendly name.
A reference to 'kil' can be found in Dutch geographical names, e.g.
municipality), or Kil van Hurwenen.
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