Definition of llano in US English:



  • (in South America) a treeless grassy plain.

    • ‘For in order to conquer the hostile environment of the llanos, the settlers had to strain their imagination and creative skills to their limits.’
    • ‘In general, Venezuela is usually divided into four major environmental regions: the coastal zone, the Andean mountain range, the llanos, and the Guiana Highlands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The eastern plains, or llanos, account for 60 percent of the country's territory and are sparsely populated, as are the coastal lowlands.’
    • ‘On a July morning in the llanos, or savannas, of Venezuela, the air is muggy and thick with mosquitoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Slightly more than half of Colombia is lowland to the east of the Andes - the llanos, tropical, sparsely inhabited, and hard to reach.’
    • ‘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.’
    grassland, flatland, lowland, pasture, meadowland, open country, prairie, savannah, steppe
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Spanish, from Latin planum ‘plain’.