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Des Moines

[duh moin] /də ˈmɔɪn/
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Iowa, in the central part, on the Des Moines River.
2.
a river flowing SE from SW Minnesota through Iowa to the Mississippi River. About 530 miles (850 km) long.
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Des Moinesian
[duh moi-nee-uh n] /də ˈmɔɪ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Des Moines

/də ˈmɔɪn; ˈmɔɪnz/
noun
1.
a city in S central Iowa: state capital. Pop: 196 093 (2003 est)
2.
a river in the N central US, rising in SW Minnesota and flowing southeast to join the Mississippi. Length: 861 km (535 miles)
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Word Origin and History for des moines river

Des Moines

city in Iowa, U.S., named for French Rivière des Moines, the river that flows past it, which traditionally is derived from French des moines "of the monks," in reference to missionaries, but this probably is a fur trappers' folk-etymologizing of a name of the native people who lived there.

The place appears in a 1673 text as Moinguena, and historians believe this represents Miami-Illinois mooyiinkweena, literally "shitface," from mooy "excrement" + iinkwee "face;" a name given by the Peoria Indians (whose name has itself become a sort of insult) to their western neighbors. It is not unusual for Indian peoples to have hostile or derogatory names for others, but this seems an extreme case.

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Des Moines [(duh-moyn)]

Capital of Iowa and largest city in the state.

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