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[ahy-uh-wuh; sometimes ahy-uh-wey] /ˈaɪ ə wə; sometimes ˈaɪ əˌweɪ/

noun, plural Iowas (especially collectively) Iowa for 3.
a state in the central United States: a part of the Midwest. 56,290 sq. mi. (145,790 sq. km).
Capital: Des Moines.
Abbreviation: IA (approved esp. for use with zip code), Ia., Io.
a river flowing SE from N Iowa to the Mississippi River. 291 miles (470 km) long.
a member of an American Indian people originally of Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota but now of Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas.
the Siouan language spoken by the Iowa Indians.
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., (with zip code) IA

organized as a U.S. territory 1838; admitted as a state 1846, ultimately from the name of the native people, of the Chiwere branch of the Aiouan family; said to be from Dakota ayuxba “sleepy ones.”

State in the midwestern United States bordered by Minnesota to the north, Wisconsin and Illinois to the east, Missouri to the south, and Nebraska and South Dakota to the west. Its capital and largest city is Des Moines.


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