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Mis·sis·sip·pi·an

 (mĭs′ĭ-sĭp′ē-ən)
adj.
1. Of or relating to the state or residents of Mississippi or the Mississippi River.
2. Of, relating to, or being the period of geologic time from about 359 to 318 million years ago, the fifth period of the Paleozoic Era. The Mississippian Period is characterized by the submergence of extensive land areas under shallow seas and by the appearance of primitive conifers. See Table at geologic time.
3. Of or relating to a Native American culture flourishing throughout the southern Mississippi Valley and much of southeastern North America from about 1000 ad until contact with Europeans, characterized especially by the establishment of permanent towns, settled agriculture, regional chiefdoms, and the construction of large earthworks serving as ceremonial centers.
n.
1. A native or resident of Mississippi.
2. The Mississippian Period. Also called Lower Carboniferous.

[Adj., sense 2, and n., sense 2, from the fact that rocks dating from the period are exposed in the Mississippi Valley.]

Mississippian

(ˌmɪsɪˈsɪpɪən)
adj
1. (Placename) of or relating to the state of Mississippi or the Mississippi River
2. (Geological Science) (in North America) of, denoting, or formed in the lower of two subdivisions of the Carboniferous period, which lasted for 30 million years. See also Pennsylvanian2
n
3. (Placename) an inhabitant or native of the state of Mississippi
4. (Geological Science) the Mississippian the Mississippian period or rock system equivalent to the lower Carboniferous of Europe

Mis•sis•sip•pi•an

(ˌmɪs əˈsɪp i ən)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the state of Mississippi or the Mississippi River.
2. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, occurring from about 345 million to 310 million years ago and characterized as the age of amphibians: sometimes considered an epoch of the Carboniferous Period.
n.
3. a native or inhabitant of Mississippi.
4. the Mississippian Period or System.
[1765–75, Amer.]

Mis·sis·sip·pi·an

(mĭs′ĭ-sĭp′ē-ən)
The fifth period of the Paleozoic Era, from about 360 to 320 million years ago, during which shallow seas spread over former land areas. The first primitive conifers appeared during the Mississippian. See Chart at geologic time.
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Noun1.Mississippian - from 345 million to 310 million years agoMississippian - from 345 million to 310 million years ago; increase of land areas; primitive ammonites; winged insects
Carboniferous, Carboniferous period - from 345 million to 280 million years ago
2.Mississippian - a native or resident of MississippiMississippian - a native or resident of Mississippi
American - a native or inhabitant of the United States