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1Low-lying land; a region whose level is lower than that of the surrounding country.
2A low-lying region of north-western Europe, now comprising the kingdoms of the Netherlands and Belgium, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Usually, and now only, in plural in "the Low Countries".
3Scottish= "lowland". Now rare.
4United States regional. The coastal plain of the south-eastern United States, in Virginia, North Carolina, and (now usually) South Carolina and Georgia. Contrasted with up country.
1Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Low Countries; specifically designating wars fought in the Low Countries, especially the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) or the War of the Spanish Succession (1701–14); (of a soldier) having served in these wars. Now chiefly historical.
2Of, from, or relating to low-lying land, especially the low-lying part of a particular region or country.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in Book Marchalsi. From low + country, partly after Middle Dutch nederlant (Dutch nederland) low-lying land, the lower Rhine region and Middle Low German nēderlant, nedderlant low-lying land (especially the North Sea coastlands), north-western Germany, Lower Saxony.
low country/ˈləʊ kʌntri/
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