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[puh-toh-muh k] /pəˈtoʊ mək/

a river flowing SE from the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, along the boundary between Maryland and Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. 287 miles (460 km) long.
a city in central Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
a river in the E central US, rising in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia: flows northeast, then generally southeast to Chesapeake Bay. Length (from the confluence of headstreams): 462 km (287 miles)

river in eastern U.S., from Algonquian Patowmeck, originally the name of a native village in Virginia, perhaps literally “something brought.”


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