[kan-zuh, -suh]

noun, plural Kan·sas, (especially collectively) Kan·sa for 1.

a member of a North American Indian people formerly of eastern Kansas, now living mostly in northern Oklahoma.
the Siouan language of the Kansa.

Also called Kaw [kaw] /kɔ/.
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Examples from the Web for kaw

Historical Examples of kaw

  • Fort Riley is about ten miles from Manhattan, at the forks of the Kaw.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks

  • Possibly the Kansa or Kaw tribe, after whom the state of Kansas is named.

  • Trees growing in the Kaw bottoms themselves, I observe, thrive and bear.

    The Apple


  • He had built a dozen missions, lying all the way from the Columbia to the Kaw.

    A Mountain Woman and Others

    (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie

  • I rented a tent and pitched it on an island in the middle of the Kaw, or Kansas River.