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Mississippi

[mis-uh-sip-ee] /ˌmɪs əˈsɪp i/
noun
1.
a state in the S United States. 47,716 sq. mi. (123,585 sq. km).
Capital: Jackson.
Abbreviation: MS (for use with zip code), Miss.
2.
a river flowing S from N Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico: the principal river of the U.S. 2470 miles (3975 km) long; from the headwaters of the Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico 3988 miles (6418 km) long.
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  • A museum was built in memory of henson in leland, Mississippi.
  • He started his career writing for the daily times leader in west point, Mississippi.
British Dictionary definitions for Mississippi

Mississippi

/ˌmɪsɪˈsɪpɪ/
noun
1.
a state of the southeastern US, on the Gulf of Mexico: consists of a largely forested undulating plain, with swampy regions in the northwest and on the coast, the Mississippi River forming the W border; cotton, rice, and oil. Capital: Jackson. Pop: 2 881 281 (2003 est). Area: 122 496 sq km (47 296 sq miles) Abbreviation Miss, (with zip code) MS
2.
a river in the central US, rising in NW Minnesota and flowing generally south to the Gulf of Mexico through several mouths, known as the Passes: the second longest river in North America (after its tributary, the Missouri), with the third largest drainage basin in the world (after the Amazon and the Congo). Length: 3780 km (2348 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Mississippi

originally as the name of the river, from French, from Algonquian (French missionaries first penetrated the river valley in its upper reaches), literally "big river;" cf. Ojibwa mshi- "big," ziibi "river." Organized as a U.S. territory 1798; admitted as a state 1817. Related: Mississippian.

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Mississippi definition


State in the southern United States bordered by Tennessee to the north, Alabama to the east, the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana to the south, and Louisiana and Arkansas to the west. Its capital and largest city is Jackson.

Note: Its name comes from the Mississippi River, which forms most of the state's western border.
Note: One of the Confederate states during the Civil War.
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