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an ending of nouns borrowed from Greek and Latin, or coined in English or other languages on a Latin model, that denote esp. places (Ethiopia; Georgia; Liberia), states or conditions, esp. physical disorders (inertia; insomnia; leukemia; phobia), or plants (fuchsia; zinnia); also occurring in other nouns, often orig. or still plural (bacteria; genitalia; insignia; media) or collective (academia; militia). The ending -ia has limited productivity as an English suffix, forming names of disorders ( hypoxia) or plural or collective nouns ( militaria; psychedelia; suburbia).Compare -y 2 .
[< New Latin, Latin, Greek]
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|Noun||1.||IA - a state in midwestern United States|
Corn Belt - the midwestern states where corn is grown; Iowa and Illinois are excellent for raising corn and corn-fed livestock
middle west, Midwest, midwestern United States - the north central region of the United States (sometimes called the heartland or the breadbasket of America)
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
Davenport - a city in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River across from Moline and Rock Island
Cedar Rapids - a city in eastern Iowa
Clinton - a town in east central Iowa
Dubuque - a town in eastern Iowa on the Mississippi River
Mason City - a town in north central Iowa
Ottumwa - a town in southeast Iowa
Sioux City - a city in northeastern Iowa where the Big Sioux River joins the Missouri
Little Sioux River - a river that rises in southwestern Minnesota and flows southwestward to the Missouri River in western Iowa
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