Definitions for nebraskanəˈbræs kə
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a state in the central United States. 1,711,263; 77,237 sq. mi. (200,044 sq. km). Cap.: Lincoln. Abbr.: NE, Nebr., Neb.
Category: Geography (places)
Nebraska, Cornhusker State, NE(noun)
a midwestern state on the Great Plains
A Capital: Lincoln; largest city: Omaha.
Origin: Nebraska probably gets its name from the archaic words Ñí Brásge, pronounced [ˌɲĩˈbɾaskɛ] (contemporary Otoe Ñí Bráhge), or the Ní Btháska, pronounced [ˌnĩˈbˡðaska], meaning "flat water," after the Platte River that flows through the state.
Nebraska is a state on the Great Plains of the Midwestern United States. Its state capital is Lincoln. Its largest city is Omaha, which is on the Missouri River. The state is crossed by many historic trails, but it was the California Gold Rush that first brought large numbers here. Nebraska became a state in 1867. There are wide variations between winter and summer temperatures, and violent thunderstorms and tornadoes are common. The state is characterized by treeless prairie, ideal for cattle-grazing, and it is a major producer of beef, as well as pork, corn, and soybeans. Nebraska is overwhelmingly rural, as the 9th least-densely populated state of the United States. Ethnically, the largest group of Nebraskans are German-American. The state also has the largest per capita population of Czech-Americans among U.S. states.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
one of the west central States of the American Union, has Dakota on its N. and Kansas and Colorado on the S., is 1½ times the size of England; in the E. stretches of fertile land yield abundant crops of grain (maize chiefly), hemp, flax, sugar-beet, and tobacco, while in the W. rich prairie pastures favour a prosperous stock-raising; the Platte, Niobrarah, and Republican Rivers follow the eastward slope of the land; Omaha and Lincoln (capital) are the chief centres of the manufacturing industries; climate is dry and bracing; wolves, foxes, skunks, &c., abound, chiefly in the "Bad Lands" of the N.; Nebraska was incorporated in the American Union in 1867.