Definition of Mississippian in English:

Mississippian

adjective

  • 1Relating to the state of Mississippi.

  • 2Geology
    Relating to or denoting the early part of the Carboniferous period in North America from about 363 to 323 million years ago, following the Devonian and preceding the Pennsylvanian.

    ‘Compared with Pennsylvanian times, early Mississippian tropical wetland ecosystems are poorly understood.’
    • ‘The boundary between the Upper and Lower subdivisions in Europe is known to be below the boundary between the Pennsylvanian and the Mississippian subsystems in North America.’
    • ‘Kindle recognized two different fossil fauna assemblages in the limestone and the divided the limestone into two distinct lithologic units of Devonian and Mississippian age.’
    • ‘More specifically, the western part of the county is composed mainly of Devonian and Mississippian sandstones and shales with some Silurian and Ordovician rocks present.’
    • ‘The first important evolutionary event was the development of wings, which must have taken place in the Early Carboniferous although currently no Mississippian insects are known.’
    1. 2.1Archaeology Relating to or denoting a settled culture of the southeastern US, dated to about AD 800–1300.
      ‘The size and complexity of Cahokia, and the influence of its ideology, must have created enormous changes in the smaller Mississippian communities of the southeastern cultural complex.’
      • ‘He has conducted archaeological research in southern Illinois for almost 30 years, including work with Mississippian cultures of the region.’
      • ‘In terms of lithic technology, Mississippian culture retained the system of nonformalized tool production begun during the Late Woodland period.’
      • ‘This volume on the Mississippian town and mound center called Bottle Creek is a must-read for scholars, researchers, and students of Mississippian culture.’
      • ‘The Cahokia flea started itching in my ear when I posted about the exhibit of Woodlands and Mississippian artifacts that is coming to Washington next month.’

Pronunciation

Mississippian

/ˌmisəˈsipēən/ /ˌmɪsəˈsɪpiən/

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Mississippi.

    ‘Some Mississippians were perplexed at hearing the decision.’
    • ‘A native Mississippian, he received his bachelor's degree in architecture from Auburn University in Alabama, in 1974.’
    • ‘In these early works, one can see how Mockbee, a fifth-generation Mississippian, first reconstituted forms and materials as elements for new solutions.’
    • ‘ Mississippians could soon have alcohol delivered right to their front door.’
    • ‘Back in the 1970s, during the years I lived in and around Yellowstone National Park, I became friends with a Mississippian named Jim.’
    • ‘On a movie set, her fellow Mississippian Elvis Presley once upbraided a man who swore in her presence.’
    • ‘I'll always think of myself as a Mississippian through the accident of birth.’
    • ‘What matters are the issues facing Mississippians.’
    • ‘The Mississippians we are interacting with are very interested.’
    • ‘Here's a taste of Mississippi from a Mississippian 's perspective.’
  • 2the MississippianGeology
    The Mississippian period or the system of rocks deposited during it.

    1. 2.1Archaeology The Mississippian culture or period.

Pronunciation

Mississippian

/ˌmisəˈsipēən/ /ˌmɪsəˈsɪpiən/