Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large, grassy, almost treeless plain, especially one in Latin America.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In some of the Spanish or originally Spanish parts of America, a treeless level steppe or plain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Spanish America An extensive plain with or without vegetation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A plain or steppe in parts of Latin America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, plain, from Latin plānum, from neuter of plānus, level; see pelə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Spanish llano.

Examples

  • The term llano estacado is usually translated as “staked plain.”

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • The llano was a place of extreme desolation, a vast, trackless, and featureless ocean of grass where white men became lost and disoriented and died of thirst; a place where the imperial Spanish had once marched confidently forth to hunt Comanches, only to find that they themselves were the hunted, the ones to be slaughtered.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • The llano was a place of extreme desolation, a vast, trackless, and featureless ocean of grass where white men became lost and disoriented and died of thirst; a place where the imperial Spanish had once marched confidently forth to hunt Comanches, only to find that they themselves were the hunted, the ones to be slaughtered.

    NPR Topics: News

  • They've cut the 'phone down to the' llano 'as a start.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • What do you expect from a city whose founder couldn't be bothered to find a Spanish dictionary or speaker and learn that the Spanish word for plain is "llano"?

    BlueOregon

  • I drive through the llano in silence while one commits suicide on the banks of the Pecos River as the Border Patrol closes in.

    Headstone

  • The latter appeared as a collection in a work titled "El llano en llamas" ( "The Burning Plain").

    The few, the proud, the work of Juan Rulfo (1917–1986)

  • To Juan Rulfo and Pedro Paramo, and his short stories El llano en llamas, and the simple and tragic photographs he took of rural Mexico.

    Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio - Nobel Lecture

  • The latter appeared as a collection in a work titled "El llano en llamas" ( "The Burning Plain").

    The few, the proud, the work of Juan Rulfo (1917–1986)

  • A native of the llano estacado whose first novel, Waltz across Texas 1975, was set on a ranch near Lubbock, Crawford narrates the Comanche wars of the 1870s from the perspective of a U.S.

    Texas novels

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