One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Peoria, Illinois. Also allusively: a member of any American community in which plain, down-to-earth, conventional tastes and attitudes prevail.
2Geology. The Peorian deposits; the Peorian interglacial period.
Geology. Of, relating to, or designating extensive deposits, especially of loess, laid down during the final Pleistocene (Wisconsin) glaciation of North America. Also: designating an interglacial period between the Iowan and Wisconsin glaciations.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Vanity Fair. From Peoria + -an.
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