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plural noun Informal.

an official declaration of intention filed by a resident alien desiring to become a U.S. citizen: not required by law after 1952.

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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of first papers

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15
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