What are Kansas?

  • (noun): A member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas.
    Synonyms: Kansa
    See also — Additional definitions below


Kansas (i/ˈkænzəs/) is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. It is named after the Kansas River which flows through it, which in turn was named after the Kansa Native American tribe, which inhabited the area. The tribe's name (natively kką:ze) is often said to mean "people of the wind" or "people of the south wind," although this was probably not the term's original meaning. Residents of Kansas are called "Kansans." For thousands of years what is now Kansas was home to numerous and diverse Native American tribes. Tribes in the Eastern part of the state generally lived in villages along the river valleys. Tribes in the Western part of the state were semi-nomadic and hunted large herds of bison. Kansas was first settled by European Americans in the 1830s, but the pace of settlement accelerated in the 1850s, in the midst of political wars over the slavery issue.

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... small stature who came to nearby Siloam Springs, Arkansas, by train from Kansas City, Kansas, rented a hack and stocked it with light household goods, pots and pans, bolts of cloth, sewing machine parts ... When in the Kansas area, he always camped out at the spring on Spring Creek just under the hill just south and west of the present town site and south of the present Scenic U.S ... area could not pronounce his name, everybody just called him Little Kansas City ...

More definitions of "Kansas":

  • (noun): The Dhegiha dialect spoken by the Kansa people.
    Synonyms: Kansa
  • (noun): A river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River.
    Synonyms: Kansas River, Kaw River

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    Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.... Now I know we’re not in Kansas.
    Noel Langley (1898–1981)

    Since the Civil War its six states have produced fewer political ideas, as political ideas run in the Republic, than any average county in Kansas or Nebraska.
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