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The name Hiwassee is derived from the Cherokee word Ayuhwasi, meaning "savanna" or "large meadow". The name has been applied to several entities past and present in the U.S. states of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee:
- Hiwassee River, a tributary of the Tennessee River that flows through northern Georgia, western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee
- Hiawassee, Georgia, a town
- Hiwassee, North Carolina, a small community adjacent to Hiwassee Dam
- Hiwassee College, a college in Madisonville, Tennessee
- Great Hiwassee, an 18th-century Overhill Cherokee village once located along the Hiwassee River in Polk County, Tennessee
- Little Hiwassee, an 18th-century Middle Cherokee village once located along the Hiwassee River in Cherokee County, North Carolina
- Hiwassee, Virginia, a census-designated place in Virginia
- USS Hiwassee (AOG-29), a Mettawee-class gasoline tanker
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