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Chautauqua: A village and summer resort situated on Chautauqua Lake, in western New York; noted as the seat, since 1874, of the Chautauqua Assembly. An Indian word which has been the subject of much controversy. Webster says it is a corruption of a word which means "foggy place." Another derivation gives the meaning as "bag tied in the middle," referring to the shape of the lake. It is also said to mean "place where a child was washed away." Dr. Peter Wilson, an educated Seneca, says it is literally "where the fish wa