des moines river

Des Moines

[duh moin]
a city in and the capital of Iowa, in the central part, on the Des Moines River.
a river flowing SE from SW Minnesota through Iowa to the Mississippi River. About 530 miles (850 km) long.

Des Moinesian [duh moi-nee-uhn] , noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
Des Moines (də ˈmɔɪn, ˈmɔɪnz)
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 & History

Des Moines
city in Iowa, U.S., named for Fr. Rivière des Moines, the river that flows past it, which traditionally is derived from Fr. 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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Cultural Dictionary
Des Moines [(duh-moyn)]

Capital of Iowa and largest city in the state.

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