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Kentucky \Ken*tuck"y\, prop. n. One of the United States.

Kentucky blue grass (Bot.), a valuable pasture and meadow grass ( Poa pratensis), found in both Europe and America. See under Blue grass.

Kentucky coffee tree (Bot.), a tall North American tree ( Gymnocladus Canadensis) with bipinnate leaves. It produces large woody pods containing a few seeds which have been used as a substitute for coffee. The timber is very valuable.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

U.S. state, earlier a county of Virginia, organized 1776; the name is of Iroquois or Shawnee origin, perhaps a Wyandot (Iroquoian) word meaning "meadow" (compare Seneca geda'geh "at the field"); the original use in English seems to have been the river name; the native use perhaps was first in reference to a village in what now is Clark County known in Shawnee as Eskippakithiki. Related: Kentuckian.


Kentucky (, ), officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the east south-central region of the United States. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th most extensive and the 26th most populous of the 50 United States.

Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil. One of the major regions in Kentucky is the Bluegrass Region in central Kentucky, which houses two of its major cities, Louisville and Lexington. It is a land with diverse environments and abundant resources, including the world's longest cave system, Mammoth Cave National Park, the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the contiguous United States, and the two largest man-made lakes east of the Mississippi River.

Kentucky is also known for horse racing, bourbon distilleries, the historic site My Old Kentucky Home, automobile manufacturing, tobacco, bluegrass music, college basketball, and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Kentucky (film)

Kentucky is a 1938 Technicolor film with Loretta Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan. It was directed by David Butler. It is a Romeo and Juliet story of lovers Jack and Sally, set amidst Kentucky horseracing, in which a family feud goes back to the Civil War and is kept alive by Sally's Uncle Peter.

Kentucky (disambiguation)

Kentucky is a U.S. state.

Kentucky may also refer to:

Kentucky (horse)

Kentucky (foaled 1861, died 1875), was a successful American Thoroughbred racehorse who won 21 of his 23 starts, including 20 consecutive wins.

He was by Lexington, who sired three colts in 1861 (out of Glencoe mares) and would each become one of the best race horses in America – Norfolk, Asteroid and Kentucky. Norfolk and Asteroid went undefeated throughout their racing careers, and one of the few horses who ever defeated Kentucky was Norfolk. Kentucky's dam was Magnolia, by the imported British champion Glencoe; Glencoe stood at John Harper's Nantura Stock Farm in Kentucky. His sire line traced back to Herod.

A rangy bay with a narrow white stripe and white off-fore pastern, Kentucky was owned by John Hunter, one of the founders of the Saratoga Race Course and co-owner (and the first chairman) of The Jockey Club.

Kentucky (Black Stone Cherry album)

Kentucky is the fifth studio album by American band Black Stone Cherry. It was released on April 1 2016 through Mascot Records.

Usage examples of "kentucky".

And so Adams became President of the nation that now--with the additions of Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee--numbered sixteen states.

You think I could call my sister in Kentucky and tell her the Args have gelded me?

Yet even as a child he had thought of barns and foals, of Kentucky and bluegrass and horses.

There were several small prides of Feline Breeds that had come in, but they were quickly transferred to Callan in Kentucky, where a similar protective area had been set up.

The Cades of Illinois and the McCrays of Kentucky had engaged in a blood feud from the mid-nineteenth century to the outbreak of World War II.

The chief sighed and launched into a brief account of the Cade-McCray feud, how Alvy McCray had initiated assaults on various Cades, and how most people on the Illinois side of the dispute were not about to say anything that would help one of their Kentucky enemies.

Even his gunner, a gloomy Kentucky mountain boy named Cornett, who seldom spoke and seemed to be using a foreign language when he did, climbed smiling out of the rear seat.

Kentucky Kate outside the old Empire that you had been faithful, Cynara, in your fashion.

He had won three Kentucky Derbies, and on Saturday he would be out for his fourth win in ten years.

Kentucky, 112,118 school desegregation in, 27, 28 Khrushchev, Nikita S.

The council of chieftains of each community control the matter as surely as the owner of a Kentucky racing stud directs the scientific breeding of his stock for the improvement of the whole.

The last and most important step to be taken by the Government, to insure Unionism in the Border States, is to emancipate the slaves of disloyalists in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Kentucky accents or a Gaelic lift to their voices sweated side by side with black dockhands unloading cotton and woolen goods, raw cotton, boxes of coffee, liquor, spices from the half dozen steamboats currently in port.

If some major battlefield bloodletting did take place, then no mediation could proceed as the popular demand for vengeance rose, but in time neutral Kentucky, as the only state that could treat with both powers evenhandedly, might provide the bridge to bring the parties together.

Kentucky Regiment sprang on to Canadian soil and unfurled their Irish flags amid terrific cheering by the Fenian troops.