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Canandalgua: Lake town in Ontario County, New York, and village in Lenawee County, Michigan. An Indian word, the derivation of which is in dispute. Morgan defines it as "a place selected for settlement," a "chosen spot"; Haines, "a town set off." Others have thought the word to be derived from Cahnandahgwah, "sleeping beauty," while another theory is that it is corrupted from the Seneca Indian, Genundewahguah, "great hill people," so called from a large hill near the lake.