Definitions

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  • n. The set of short, tough grasses that thrive in arid plains; often specifically the native grasses of the North American Great Plains

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  • n. any of various grasses that are short and can tolerate drought conditions; common on the dry upland plains just east of the Rocky Mountains

Etymologies

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short +‎ grass

Examples

  • The vegetation is steppe, sometimes called shortgrass prairie, and semidesert.

    Temperate Steppe Division (Bailey)

  • Steppe, sometimes called shortgrass prairie, is a formation class of short grasses usually bunched and sparsely distributed.

    Great Plains-Palouse Dry Steppe Province (Bailey)

  • All you North Carolinians correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there's a helluva lot of shortgrass prairie up that way.

    Snake Hoaxes and "Manly" Photos

  • Extensive farming of mostly wheat and barley occurs in parts of Ecoregion 42 and has replaced the original shortgrass prairie.

    Ecoregions of Montana (EPA)

  • As its name suggests, it contains a mixture of shortgrass and tallgrass species.

    Great Plains Steppe Province (Bailey)

  • This region, called mixed-grass steppe, reaches from the tallgrass prairie parkland to the shortgrass steppe at about long.

    Great Plains Steppe Province (Bailey)

  • Salt pans punctuate the expanse of shortgrass prairie and dusky gray sagebrush.

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • The potential natural vegetation is mixed-grass prairie which includes a prevalence of shortgrass species, such as buffalograss, and it lacks the sagebrush component found in the neighboring Sagebrush Steppe (43e).

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • Moisture is a limiting factor in the rainshadow of the Rocky Mountains; as a result, drought resistant shortgrass and some mixed-grass prairie dominate the plains vegetation.

    Ecoregions of Wyoming (EPA)

  • Within Tanzania the area is important for retaining uncultivated lowland vegetation, for the arid and semi-arid plant communities below 1,300 m, for its abundant shortgrass grazing and for the water catchment highland forests.

    Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

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