One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large open area of grassland, especially in the Mississippi River valley.
grassland, flatland, lowland, pasture, meadowland, open country, savannah, steppeView synonyms
- ‘In fact, he spends much of his free time walking through the wet prairies near his home.’
- ‘The campus itself boasts 6800 acres of open water, fields, deciduous forests, restored prairie, and wetlands.’
- ‘Other populations of Sioux are to be found in the prairie provinces of Canada.’
- ‘The redevelopment will restore prairie and riparian corridors within new city parks and open space.’
- ‘In the prairie pothole region of the United States, blackbirds damage ripening sunflower crops.’
- ‘Thermal conditions in the previous year were strongly associated with grasshopper abundance in this oldfield prairie.’
- ‘As a young woman she worked job to job, to help her parents make their prairie farm a home.’
- ‘They're not unlike the rolling prairies he sings of.’
- ‘Sedge meadow was distinguished from wet prairie by having more than half its dominants as sedge family species.’
- ‘Numbers have been greatly reduced in the Canadian prairies for this very reason.’
- ‘In that place we had an open prairie not far from our house.’
- ‘Limestone prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is seriously threatened.’
- ‘Prairie pothole marshes were present in two small prairie potholes that often dry completely in the summer.’
- ‘Over 90 percent of our native prairies has been plowed under or grazed away.’
- ‘With these they are able to dramatise plains, prairies, steppes and meadows.’
- ‘My friend and I have just come upon a picturesque farmhouse on a rolling prairie.’
- ‘In 1708, the area around their towns consisted of open oak woodlands, savannas, and prairies.’
- ‘The Canadian prairie is one of the most productive wheat fields in the world.’
- ‘Both originated on our vast wind-swept prairies for good reason.’
- ‘Hazy purple horizons, the norm on these rolling prairies, stretched away in all directions.’
2often as modifier A steam locomotive of 2-6-2 wheel arrangement.
Late 18th century: from French, from Old French praerie, from Latin pratum ‘meadow’.
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