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  • n. An area of grassland, besides a river, that is subject to periodic flooding

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A meadow capable of being kept in a state of fertility by being overflowed with water at certain seasons from some adjoining stream.


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  • But come now, let us be doing, and begin to quarter this little land as the kestrel doth the water-meadow; and leave we our armour, lest we weary us, for we shall have no need for hard strokes.

    The Water of the Wondrous Isles

  • Well, I had a hundred poods for sale; the women mowed it on the water-meadow.

    The Witch, and other stories

  • Everything was growing, and daily the picture was fuller and brighter till the desert became like a rank water-meadow.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • She had been carried off in the water-meadow by a horrible monster, who wanted to make her marry him by force, and had kept her a prisoner all these years because she would not submit to his will.

    The Grey Fairy Book

  • One day the eldest was walking in a water-meadow, when she saw a pink growing in the stream.

    The Grey Fairy Book

  • Hugh's horse, intolerant of most riders except his master, condescended to carry this one along the headland and down into the water-meadow without resentment.

    The Potter's Field

  • Frederickson had taken the last watch and his piquets were set double-strength about the margins of the water-meadow where the small force had bivouacked.

    Sharpe's Siege

  • And we died out there too — "he pointed towards the water-meadow" — before there ever were any Ironsides in their pretty uniforms.

    War Game

  • Mostly they were quiet now, engrossed in the final act of the tragedy which was about to take place in the bright sunshine of the water-meadow where the London pikemen and the wreckage of their brother regiments were huddled, waiting for the last great Royalist assault.

    War Game

  • The answering cry from the water-meadow, God our strength, rang hollow.

    War Game


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  • A water-meadow (also water meadow or watermeadow) is an area of grassland subject to controlled irrigation to increase agricultural productivity. Water-meadows were common in Italy, Switzerland, and England (from 1523) but working water-meadows have now largely disappeared.


    "Or was it such a salmon stream as I trust you will see among the Hampshire water-meadows before your hairs are gray, under the wise new fishing laws..."

    from Water Babies - Charles Kingsley, 1937

    January 29, 2008