One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in South America) a treeless grassy plain.
grassland, flatland, lowland, pasture, meadowland, open country, prairie, savannah, steppeView synonyms
- ‘Slightly more than half of Colombia is lowland to the east of the Andes - the llanos, tropical, sparsely inhabited, and hard to reach.’
- ‘The eastern plains, or llanos, account for 60 percent of the country's territory and are sparsely populated, as are the coastal lowlands.’
- ‘The vast acid-soils area found in the Brazilian cerrado, or savannah, and llanos of Colombia and Venezuela, central and south Africa, and in Indonesia are among the last major land frontiers available for agriculture.’
- ‘On a July morning in the llanos, or savannas, of Venezuela, the air is muggy and thick with mosquitoes.’
- ‘In general, Venezuela is usually divided into four major environmental regions: the coastal zone, the Andean mountain range, the llanos, and the Guiana Highlands.’
- ‘To find the snakes, he wades - barefoot - in the knee-deep water of the Venezuelan llanos, the lowland savannah that is flooded each year during rainy season.’
- ‘For in order to conquer the hostile environment of the llanos, the settlers had to strain their imagination and creative skills to their limits.’
- ‘Data were collected between 1988 and 2001 from a banded population of green-rumped parrotlets, breeding at two sites within the Hato Masaguaral cattle ranch in the llanos of Venezuela, 45 km south of Calabozo.’
Spanish, from Latin planum ‘plain’.
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