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Kan·​sas | \ ˈkan-zəs How to pronounce Kansas (audio) \

Definition of Kansas

1 or Kaw \ ˈkȯ How to pronounce Kaw (audio) \ river 169 miles (272 kilometers) long in the eastern part of the state of Kansas flowing east into the Missouri River — see smoky hill
2 state of the central U.S. containing the geographical center of the Lower 48; capital Topeka area 82,277 square miles (213,097 square kilometers), population 2,853,118

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Kansan \ ˈkan-​zən How to pronounce Kansan (audio) \ adjective or noun

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“Kansas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kansas. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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