Arkansas



state in S central United States. 53,103 sq. mi. (137,537 sq. km).
Capital: Little Rock.
Abbreviation: AR (for use with zip code), Ark.
a river flowing E and SE from central Colorado into the Mississippi in SE Arkansas. 1450 miles (2335 km) long.
Contemporary Examples

Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat from Arkansas is a perfect example.
A Shocking Win for Fat Cats Mark McKinnon, Steve Hildebrand January 20, 2010

Yet, Arkansas had been marginally healthier than the states surrounding it.
Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming Monica Potts November 9, 2014

He said, “Bill Clinton is in the building and wants to come up and watch Arkansas play for a while.”
Pat O’Brien Breaks Down the NCAA Tournament Pat O’Brien March 15, 2009

“It cuts both ways,” says a Republican consultant involved in the Arkansas elections.
The Wall Street Money Men Behind a Right-Wing Star Patricia Murphy September 25, 2014

If the law is passed, exactly how many women in Arkansas would be affected?
Does Arkansas Hate Women? Doctors Decry New Radical Abortion Ban Lizzie Crocker March 6, 2013

Historical Examples

Of one the Yellowstone, and of the other the Arkansas, is the centre.
Lippincott’s Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877 Various

Their station was on the northern bank of the Arkansas River, not far from its entrance into the Mississippi.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

The Indians frequently took Joe with them far up the Arkansas valley on their grand hunts after the buffalo.
The Ranche on the Oxhide Henry Inman

Two of these villages were on the Arkansas River, and two upon the Mississippi.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

The bailiff opened the court, and the case of Jake, Arkansas, and Bill was called.
The Walking Delegate Leroy Scott

noun
(ˈɑːkənˌsɔː). a state of the southern US: mountainous in the north and west, with the alluvial plain of the Mississippi in the east; has the only diamond mine in the US; the chief US producer of bauxite. Capital: Little Rock. Pop: 2 725 714 (2003 est). Area: 134 537 sq km (51 945 sq miles) Abbreviation Ark., (with zip code) AR
(ɑːˈkænzəs). a river in the S central US, rising in central Colorado and flowing east and southeast to join the Mississippi in Arkansas. Length: 2335 km (1450 miles)

organized as a U.S. territory 1819 (admitted as a state 1836), named for the Arkansas River, which was named for a Siouan tribe.

The spelling of the term represents a French plural, Arcansas, of a name applied to the Quapaw people who lived on the Arkansas River; their name was also written in early times as Akancea, Acansea, Acansa (Dickinson, 1995). This was not the name used by the Quapaws themselves, however. The term /akansa/ was applied to them by Algonquian speakers; this consists of /a-/, an Algonquian prefix found in the names of ethnic groups, plus /kká:ze, a Siouan term refering to members of the Dhegiha branch of the Siouan family. This stem is also the origin for the name of the Kansa tribe and of the state of Kansas; thus the placenames Arkansas and Kansas indirectly have the same origin. [William Bright, “Native American Placenames of the United States,” 2004]

State in the south-central United States bordered by Missouri to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, Louisiana to the south, and Texas and Oklahoma to the west. Its capital and largest city is Little Rock.

Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.

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