- pl. -·wa or -·was a member of a North American Indian people previously living in Iowa and Missouri and now living in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma
- the Siouan language of this people, closely related to Missouri
Origin of Iowa; from French ayoés, earlier aiou[h]ouea, and the like , probably via Illinois ; from Dakota ayúxba, uncertain or unknown; perhaps literally , the sleepy ones
- Midwestern state of the NC U.S.: admitted 1846; 55,869 sq mi (144,701 sq km); cap. Des Moines: abbrev. IA or Ia
- river flowing from N Iowa southeast into the Mississippi: c. 300 mi (483 km)
Origin of Iowaafter Iowa
nounpl. Iowa or I·o·was
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of Iowa and southwest Minnesota, with present-day populations in Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
- The Siouan language of the Iowa.
Origin of IowaFrom French ayoés, ultimately from Dakota ayúxba.
Abbr. IA or Ia.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 29th state in 1846. Part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, Iowa was organized as a separate territory in 1838. The Mound Builders lived in the area in prehistoric times. Des Moines is the capital and the largest city.
- A state of the United States of America Capital: Des Moines.
- One of the Native Americans formerly occupying the region now included in the state of Iowa.
From French Aiouez, an initial translation of the name for the Iowa tribe.