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Type River
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. KAM
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Meaning & History

The River Cam is the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England.

The original name of the river was the Granta and (unusually) its present name derives from the city of Cambridge (Old English: Grantebrycge) rather than the other way around. After the city's present name developed in Middle English, the river's name was backformed to match.
Added 12/27/2018 by BeccyLeader2
Edited 12/27/2018 by Sofia