Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the state or residents of Mississippi or the Mississippi River.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the geologic time, system of rocks, or sedimentary deposits of the fifth period of the Paleozoic Era, characterized by the submergence of extensive land areas under shallow seas. See Table at geologic time.
  • n. A native or resident of Mississippi.
  • n. The Mississippian Period. Also called Lower Carboniferous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a geologic epoch within the Carboniferous period from about 359 to 318 million years ago; marked by glaciation and the appearance of the first trees.
  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, Mississippi or its culture.
  • proper n. The Mississippian epoch.
  • n. An inhabitant or a resident of the state of Mississippi.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A geological period extending from from 310 million to 345 million years ago; it was associated with an increase of land areas, the presence of primitive ammonites, and emergence of winged insects; called also Missippian period and Lower Carboniferous period.
  • proper n. A resident of Mississippi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the State of Mississippi or the river Mississippi.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Mississippi, one of the Gulf States of the United States.
  • n. In the scheme of classification and nomenclature of the rocks adopted by the United States Geological Survey, the purely marine sedimentation of the early or Lower Carboniferous rocks of the interior or Mississippi basin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. from 345 million to 310 million years ago; increase of land areas; primitive ammonites; winged insects
  • n. a native or resident of Mississippi

Etymologies

Mississippi +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The 11-term Mississippian has a reputation as a maverick, more so since Mr. Obama's inauguration.

    The Anti-Obama Democrats

  • This trend is called the Mississippian shale oil trend.

  • I then move on to Elvis’ origins in Mississippian poverty, and his visits to Sun Records in Memphis to record his own voice using their old disc cutting machine (this ties in nicely with the earlier session on the development of recording technology: magnetic tape started to be used in the late 1940s, so Sun were making use of the last generation of direct-to-disc recording).

    Teaching Elvis « We Don't Count Your Own Visits To Your Blog

  • He marched his army through the center of what we now call Mississippian cultures; they amazed him with their artistry, courage, and sophistication—even if he despised them as “damned” pagans.

    Fire The Sky

  • Archaeologists tend to call Mississippian polities “chiefdoms” and sometimes “paramount chiefdoms” depending upon the geographic extent and number of subordinate towns under their control.

    Fire The Sky

  • While not shale, the formation known as the Mississippian--an easier-to-drill rock--requires the same drilling techniques, including horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, that have brought about the biggest boom in U.S. drilling in a generation.

    SandRidge Inks $1 Billion Drilling Pact With Repsol

  • Additional important archaeological material, such as Mississippian items from the Spiro Mound of eastern Oklahoma, was acquired from other collectors in the 1920s and '30s.

    A Museum to Right Past Wrongs

  • A book on Mississippi by a Mississippian at this particular moment in our history raises the inevitable question: What kind of Mississippian?

    A Southern Conscience

  • John Ford, sheriff of Mobile County, in the "Mississippian," Jackson

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • John ford, sheriff of Mobile County, in the "Mississippian," Jackson Mi.

    American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses

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