- a state in the central United States. 77,237 sq. mi. (200,044 sq. km). Capital: Lincoln. Abbreviation: NE (for use with zip code), Nebr., Neb.
- a state of the western US: consists of an undulating plain. Capital: Lincoln. Pop: 1 739 291 (2003 est). Area: 197 974 sq km (76 483 sq miles)Abbreviation: Nebr., (with zip code) NE
U.S. territory organized 1854, admitted as a state 1867, from a native Siouan name for the Platte River, either Omaha ni braska or Oto ni brathge, both literally “water flat.” The modern river name is from French rivière platte, which means “flat river.” Related: Nebraskan. Bug eaters, a term applied derisively to the inhabitants of Nebraska by travellers on account of the poverty-stricken appearance of many parts of the State. If one living there were to refuse to eat bugs, he would, like Polonius, soon be “not where he eats but where he is eaten.” [Walsh, 1892] State in the midwestern United States bordered by South Dakota to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the east, Kansas to the south, and Colorado and Wyoming to the west. Its capital is Lincoln, and its largest city is Omaha.