Missouri definition

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A state of the central United States. It was admitted as the 24th state in 1821. Under Spanish control from 1762 to 1800, the area passed to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Organized as a territory in 1812, Missouri's application for admission as a slaveholding state in 1817 sparked a bitter controversy over the question of extending slavery into new territories. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 provided for the admission of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state in the following year. Jefferson City is the capital and St. Louis the largest city.
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A member of the Native American people formerly inhabiting north-central Missouri, with a present-day population living with the Oto in north-central Oklahoma.
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The Siouan language of the Missouri.
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A member of a North American Indian people formerly living on the Missouri River in Nebraska and, later, in Oklahoma.
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The Siouan language of this people.
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(place) River in WC U.S., flowing from SW Mont. southeast into the Mississippi: 2,714 mi (4,368 km)
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(place) Midwestern state of the central U.S.: admitted 1821; 68,886 sq mi (178,414 sq km); cap. Jefferson City.
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Origin of missouri

  • French from Illinois ouemessourita those that have dugout canoes

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition