Iowa

geographical name
Io·​wa | \ ˈī-ə-wə How to pronounce Iowa (audio) \

Definition of Iowa

1 river 291 miles (468 kilometers) long in the state of Iowa flowing southeast into the Mississippi River
2 state of the central U.S. between the Mississippi River on the east and the Missouri River on the west; capital Des Moines area 56,275 square miles (145,752 square kilometers), population 3,046,355

Other Words from Iowa

Iowan \ ˈī-​ə-​wən How to pronounce Iowan (audio) \ adjective or noun

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