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[wis-kon-suh n] /wɪsˈkɒn sən/
a state in the N central United States: a part of the Midwest. 56,154 sq. mi. (145,440 sq. km).
Capital: Madison.
Abbreviation: WI (for use with zip code), Wis., Wisc.
a river flowing SW from N Wisconsin to the Mississippi. 430 miles (690 km) long.
the fourth stage of the glaciation of North America during the Pleistocene.
Compare Würm.
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Wisconsinite, noun Unabridged
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a state of the N central US, on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan: consists of an undulating plain, with uplands in the north and west; over 168 m (550 ft) above sea level along the shore of Lake Michigan. Capital: Madison. Pop: 5 472 299 (2003 est). Area: 141 061 sq km (54 464 sq miles) Abbreviation Wis., Wis, (with zip code) WI
a river in central and SW Wisconsin, flowing south and west to the Mississippi. Length: 692 km (430 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Wisconsin

organized as a U.S. territory 1836; admitted as a state 1848. originally applied to the Wisconsin River; a native name of unknown origin. Early spellings include Mescousing and Wishkonsing.

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Wisconsin definition

State in the north-central United States bordered by Lake Superior and the state of Michigan to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, Illinois to the south, and Iowa and Minnesota to the west. Its capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee.

Note: Known for its dairy products, especially cheese.
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