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Proper Noun

  • state in the Midwestern region of the US (country) .
  • A former territory (1854–1867) of the US (country), encompassing areas of what is today Nebraska, Wyoming, the Dakotas, Colorado, and Montana .
  • Several other places in the United States, named for the state or territory:
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


  • Probably from archaic Chiwere Ñí Brásge, pronounced (contemporary Ñí Bráhge), or the Omaha-Ponca Ní Btháska, pronounced , both meaning "flat water," after the Platte River that flows through the state.

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