American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An extensive area of flat or rolling, predominantly treeless grassland, especially the large tract or plain of central North America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A meadow; level grassy land: a word frequently used by Hennepin and other French writers in describing the country adjacent to the Mississippi river, and now in common use, designating the level or slightly undulating treeless areas which cover a large part of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and other States further south. The prairies are never by the inhabitants of the prairie regions called
plains, as are the treeless regions further west. They are characterized by a highly fertile soil, often of great thickness, and they often occur where the rainfall is even considerably larger than on parts of the adjacent forest-covered regions. The cause of the absence of trees upon them cannot, therefore, be deficiency of moisture; in all probability it is the physical character of the soil, and especially its extreme flneness, which renders it more suitable for the growth of the grasses than for that of arboreal vegetation. In the extreme northwestern region of the United States, especially in Montana, certain level treeless areas surrounded by the mountains are now by some called prairies: some of these had been previously denominated holes. Further south in the Rocky Mountains they are known as parks, or sometimes as basins. See hole, 6, and plain.
- n. Any small open space in a forest. See the extract.
- n. an extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies and the Rocky mountains.
- n. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called natural meadow.
- n. a treeless grassy plain
- From French prairie. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prātāria, from Latin prāta, meadow. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term prairie is a misnomer in this case; instead we found a beautiful fruitful valley lying between two low ranges of hills, interspersed with groves of trees and picturesque lakes, and watered by a river winding gracefully through its whole length.”
“Even in the towns that survive and in some cases flourish, the prairie is a presence just beyond main street or the railroad tracks or the strip malls.”
“In a leadership made up mostly of veteran senators from the South, 47-year-old Thune brings youth and what he calls the prairie sensibilities he learned growing up in small town South Dakota.”
“This land, you will observe, Mr. Campbell, is peculiarly good, having some few acres of what we call prairie, or natural meadow.”
“This land, you will observe, Mr Campbell, is peculiarly good, having some few acres of what we call prairie, or natural meadow.”
“When Frémont and his men crossed the continent to California, in 1842, they ate the flesh of that species of marmot which we know as the prairie-dog.”
“* High style on a plain prairie: Why a Kansas-born luxury furniture designer set up his manufacturing shop in his home state, far from the cities where his wares sell.”
“Indeed, the Brown women look nothing like the women in prairie dresses associated with the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints church formerly run by Warren Jeffs, who was convicted of statutory rape for arranging the wedding of a 14-year-old girl to an older man.”
“But we plowed it under (I myself have plowed a few acres of virgin prairie) and grow food that feeds the 6 billion inhabitants of the earth today.”
“Some people feel the virgin prairie was beautiful, and it is.”
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