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

  • n. A plural of Kansa.
  • A state of the central United States. It was admitted as the 34th state in 1861. Organized as a territory by the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, it became a virtual battleground, known as Bleeding Kansas, for free and slave factions (1854-1859). Kansas was finally admitted as a free state. Topeka is the capital and Wichita the largest city. Population: 2,780,000.

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  • proper n. A state of the mid United States of America. Capital: Topeka.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plural proper n. A tribe of Indians allied to the Winnebagoes and Osages. They formerly inhabited the region which is now the State of Kansas, but were removed to the Indian Territory.
  • proper n. A state of the central United States, bordering the Mississippi River to the west.

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

  • n. a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
  • n. the Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Kansa
  • n. a state in midwestern United States
  • n. a member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas


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