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

  • A state of the central United States in the Great Plains. It was admitted as the 37th state in 1867. The region became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and was made a separate territory by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. Its present boundaries were established in 1861. Lincoln is the capital and Omaha the largest city. Population: 1,770,000.

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  • proper n. A state of the United States of America. Capital: Lincoln; largest city: Omaha.

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  • n. a midwestern state on the Great Plains

Etymologies

Nebraska probably gets its name from the archaic Chiwere words Ñí Brásge, pronounced [ˌɲĩˈbɾaskɛ] (contemporary Otoe Ñí Bráhge), or the Omaha-Ponca Ní Btháska, pronounced [ˌnĩˈbˡðaska], meaning "flat water," after the Platte River that flows through the state. (Wiktionary)

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  • See There is no place like Nebraska, which comes from a fight song for the University of Nebraska (my grandfather's version of the lyrics includes the words Elmer's Glue).

    December 17, 2010

  • *smacks forehead*

    Of course. I do too. :-)

    December 19, 2009

  • I'd guess Milosrdenstvi means strangemaps.

    December 19, 2009

  • Rowe has a blog?

    December 19, 2009

  • Incidentally, I love that blog.

    December 18, 2009

  • I'd say so. Enjoy! I envy your being that close to it.

    December 18, 2009

  • Oh good--I've only ever been to the place off I-80 near Grand Island, but I've heard Rowe Sanctuary is worth the trip to Gibbon.

    December 18, 2009

  • Absolutely! Love that place.

    December 18, 2009

  • That actually makes more sense. Did you go to the Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary?

    December 18, 2009

  • Several days in the town, that is. I was birding (cranes).

    No, really.

    December 18, 2009

  • Yup. It's just a jump to the west of me. Reesetee, I'm more amazed that you spent "several" days there.

    December 18, 2009

  • Ruzuzu: you know about the exhibits at Pioneer Village? Another denizen of the Nebraska Time Warp?

    Let's do it again!

    December 18, 2009

  • If you're looking for another strange attractor in Nebraska, you should check out Carhenge.

    December 18, 2009

  • So, reesetee, I assume that you actually went through the exhibits at Pioneer Village. I've always been amused that its creator was named Harold Warp. Can't you just imagine Dr. Frank N. Furter in with all the farm implements?

    December 18, 2009

  • Yes! The quantum world, a disconcertingly fucked-up mirror of the world we know.

    December 18, 2009

  • Tiny Nebraska-shaped molecules. Of course, at the atomic level, who knows--they might look like nebraksa.

    December 17, 2009

  • ruzuzu: and within those clods of dirt...

    December 17, 2009

  • Ha! I spent several days in that little town (Minden) a couple years ago. I could see why they might want a Nebraska-shaped field. They could use the tourist dollars. ;-)

    December 16, 2009

  • See, also, self-similarity and (ahem) field theory.

    December 10, 2009

  • Easily explained as a case of scale invariance. I'll bet there are little Nebraska-shaped clods of dirt within that field.

    December 10, 2009

  • Mysterious Nebraska-Shaped Field in… Nebraska.

    December 10, 2009