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[nuh-bras-kuh] /nəˈbræs kə/
a state in the central United States. 77,237 sq. mi. (200,044 sq. km).
Capital: Lincoln.
Abbreviation: NE (for use with zip code), Nebr., Neb. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After leaving Julesburg, Nebraska, the country became much wilder.

  • The Nebraska Volunteers were the first to receive the attack of the enemy.

    A Soldier in the Philippines Needom N. Freeman
  • Kansas fought barbarously for the dishonourable privilege, and with temporary success: Nebraska has declined the honour as yet.

  • The only thing very noticeable about Nebraska was that it was still, all day long, Nebraska.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • Where that legislature should meet became a question of vital importance to a number of Nebraska towns.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback Willard Glazier
British Dictionary definitions for Nebraska


a state of the western US: consists of an undulating plain. Capital: Lincoln. Pop: 1 739 291 (2003 est). Area: 197 974 sq km (76 483 sq miles) Abbreviation Nebr., (with zip code) NE
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Word Origin and History for Nebraska

U.S. territory organized 1854, admitted as a state 1867, from a native Siouan name for the Platte River, either Omaha ni braska or Oto ni brathge, both literally "water flat." The modern river name is from French rivière platte, which means "flat river." Related: Nebraskan.

Bug eaters, a term applied derisively to the inhabitants of Nebraska by travellers on account of the poverty-stricken appearance of many parts of the State. If one living there were to refuse to eat bugs, he would, like Polonius, soon be "not where he eats but where he is eaten." [Walsh, 1892]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Nebraska in Culture

Nebraska definition

State in the midwestern United States bordered by South Dakota to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the east, Kansas to the south, and Colorado and Wyoming to the west. Its capital is Lincoln, and its largest city is Omaha.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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