List of Arkansas state symbols

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Location of the state of Arkansas in the United States

The following is a list of the symbols of the U.S. state of Arkansas .


State symbols

The Flag of Arkansas Flag of Arkansas.svg
The Flag of Arkansas
The Great Seal of the State of Arkansas Seal of Arkansas.svg
The Great Seal of the State of Arkansas

The following state symbols are officially recognized by state law.

"Arkansas", written by Eva Ware Barnett in 1916, is one of the official state songs of Arkansas. It was first adopted as the state song in the early 20th century but was removed in 1949 due to a copyright dispute. After the state settled the dispute by buying all claims to its copyright, it was restored as state song in 1963.

The Arkansas Traveler (song) traditional song

"The Arkansas Traveler" was the state song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963; it has been the state historical song since 1987. The music was composed in the 19th century by Colonel Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806–1874); the current official lyrics were written by a committee in 1947 in preparation for its naming as the state song.

"Colonel" Sanford C. 'Sandy' Faulkner (1806–1874) was an American born March 3 in Scott County, Kentucky to his father Nicholas and mother Sally Fletcher Faulkner. He was a politician, teller of tall tales, fiddle player, and responsible in large part for the story forming the basis of the popular fiddle tune "The Arkansas Traveler", which was the State song of Arkansas from 1949 to 1963 and has been the state historical song since 1987.

American folk dance Square dance
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Beverage Milk
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Bird Mockingbird
Mimus polyglottos
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Butterfly Diana fritillary butterfly
Speyeria diana
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Floral emblem Apple blossom
Pyrus malus
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Fruit and vegetable South Arkansas vine ripe pink tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
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Gem Diamond
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Grain Rice
Oryza sp.
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Grape Cynthiana grape
Vitis aestivalis
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Historic cooking vessel Dutch oven
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Insects Honey bee
Apis mellifera
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Mammal White-tailed deer
Odocoileus virginianus
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Mineral Quartz
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Musical instrument Fiddle
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Nut Pecan
Carya illinoinensis
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Primitive fish Alligator gar
Atractosteus spatula
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Rock Bauxite
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Soil Stuttgart
Tree Pine tree
Pinus taeda
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The designation of a variety of tomato as both the state fruit and the state vegetable is correct. Standing on both sides of the long-running controversy, the law recognizes that the tomato is botanically a fruit, but is a vegetable in culinary use; thus it is officially both in Arkansas.

Fruit part of a flowering plant

In botany, a fruit is the seed-bearing structure in flowering plants formed from the ovary after flowering.

Vegetable edible plant or part of a plant, involved in cooking (opposed to Q3314483)

Vegetables are parts of plants that are consumed by humans or other animals as food. The original meaning is still commonly used and is applied to plants collectively to refer to all edible plant matter, including the flowers, fruits, stems, leaves, roots, and seeds. The alternate definition of the term vegetable is applied somewhat arbitrarily, often by culinary and cultural tradition. It may exclude foods derived from some plants that are fruits, nuts, and cereal grains, but include fruits from others such as tomatoes and courgettes and seeds such as pulses.

Though two other songs are designated as "state songs" (plus a "state historical song" which was the state song from 1949 to 1963), by state law the Secretary of State must respond to any requests for "the state song" with the music of the state anthem, "Arkansas"; it was the state song before 1949 and from 1963 to 1987, when it became state anthem and the other songs gained their present status. This is strictly to preserve the status of "Arkansas"; all four songs are either copyrighted by the state itself or in the public domain.

Copyright is a legal right, existing in many countries, that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others. This is usually only for a limited time. Copyright is one of two types of intellectual property rights, the other is industrial property rights. The exclusive rights are not absolute but limited by limitations and exceptions to copyright law, including fair use. A major limitation on copyright on ideas is that copyright protects only the original expression of ideas, and not the underlying ideas themselves.

The public domain consists of all the creative works to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.

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