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