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n. pl. Iowa or I·o·was
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of Iowa and southwest Minnesota, with present-day populations in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
2. The Siouan language of the Iowa.
[From French ayoés, ultimately from Dakota ayúxba.]
I·o·wa 2(ī′ə-wə) Abbr. IA or Ia.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 29th state in 1846. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Iowa was organized as a separate territory in 1838. The Mound Builders lived in the area in prehistoric times. Des Moines is the capital and the largest city.
(Placename) a state of the N central US, in the Midwest: consists of rolling plains crossed by many rivers, with the Missouri forming the western border and the Mississippi the eastern. Capital: Des Moines. Pop: 2 944 062 (2003 est). Area: 144 887 sq km (55 941 sq miles). Abbreviation: Ia. or IA (with zip code)
I•o•wa(ˈaɪ ə wə)
1. a state in the central United States. 2,926,324; 56,290 sq. mi. (145,790 sq. km). Cap.: Des Moines. Abbr.: IA, Ia., Io.
2. a river flowing SE from N Iowa to the Mississippi River. 291 mi. (470 km) long.
I′o•wan, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Iowa - a member of the Siouan people formerly living in Iowa and Minnesota and Missouri|
|2.||Iowa - a state in midwestern United States|
Corn Belt - the midwestern states where corn is grown; Iowa and Illinois are excellent for raising corn and corn-fed livestock
middle west, Midwest, midwestern United States - the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Davenport - a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
Cedar Rapids - a city in eastern Iowa
Clinton - a town in east central Iowa
Dubuque - a town in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River
Mason City - a town in north central Iowa
Ottumwa - a town in southeast Iowa
Sioux City - a city in northeastern Iowa where the Big Sioux River joins the Missouri
Little Sioux River - a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
|3.||Iowa - a dialect of the Chiwere language spoken by the Iowa|
Chiwere - the Siouan language spoken by the Iowa and Oto and Missouri