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Lake, southeastern Florida, U.S. It is the third largest freshwater lake wholly within the country. It drains to the sea through the Everglades. It is a remnant of the prehistoric Pamlico Sea, and its name means Big Water in the language of the Hitchiti Indians. There is a Seminole reservation on the lake's northwestern shore.
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