from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- An area proposed by the Mormons in 1849 as an independent state or a state of the Union. Deseret would have included much of the southwest United States, with a capital at Salt Lake City. Congress refused to recognize the provisional state and created the Utah Territory in 1850.
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- proper n. A state, proposed in 1849 and never recognized, which would have included most of Utah and Nevada and parts of other states.
- proper n. this sense?) Mormon name for honeybee.
From the Book of Mormon, wherein it is interpreted as meaning honey bee in the language of the Jaredites. (Wiktionary)