American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extensive treeless grassland area, as found in southern South America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vast treeless plain such as characterizes the region lying south of the forest-covered belt of the Amazon valley, especially in the Argentine Republic: so called in the southern part of South America. Similar plains north of the Amazon are called
llanos. Both words are frequently used by writers on South American physical geography. (See plain.) Humboldt uses steppe and savanna as nearly equivalent to both pampa and llano.
- n. Singular form of pampas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A plain. See pampas.
- American Spanish, from Quechua, flat field. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word pampa, of Araucanian origin, signifies grass plain, and justly applies to the whole region.”
“A fern-grass-sedge pampa covers the summit areas of the larger islands where moisture is retained in temporary pools and sphagnum moss.”
“In the native vegetation there are from one to three zones on the lowland islands: coastal, arid (80-120 m), and transitional (100-200 m) which cover the largest area, and three to four more on mountainous islands: closed forest (200-500 m), mossy open forest and mossy scrub (500-1,000 m) and summit pampa above 1,000 m.”
“Behind the great guitar of the pampa, and its 7,000-odd trees, is a love story that took a tragic turn.”
“One day while traveling in a plane over the pampa, Ms. Yraizoz noticed a farm that, through a fluke of topography, looked a bit like a milking pail from the air, her children say.”
“GENERAL LEVALLE, Argentina—Pilots often stare in disbelief when they make their first flight over this hamlet on the verdant pampa.”
“As the pampa grew more civilized, a ball eventually replaced a duck.”
“All these people, peoples and more dominate Andes; page after page of iconic and anonymous endeavour are laid over the salt-flats, volcanoes, deserts, strangling figs and pampa as Jacobs winds south through the mountains.”
“The pampa holds the most ferns species, although 90 different species grow throughout the Galapagos archipelago.”
“The highest elevations, above 900 m, are the pampa layers within the humid zone.”
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