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prai·rie

 (prâr′ē)
n.
An extensive flat or rolling area dominated by grasses, especially the grasslands that once covered much of central North America.

[French, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prātāria, from Latin prāta, meadow.]

prairie

(ˈprɛərɪ)
n
(Physical Geography) (often plural) a treeless grassy plain of the central US and S Canada. Compare pampas, steppe, savanna
[C18: from French, from Old French praierie, from Latin prātum meadow]

prai•rie

(ˈprɛər i)

n.
1. an extensive, level or undulating, mostly treeless tract of land esp. in the Mississippi valley, orig. covered with coarse grasses.
2. a tract of grassland; meadow.
[1675–85; < French: meadow < Vulgar Latin *prātāria= Latin prāt(um) meadow + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary]

prai·rie

(prâr′ē)
An extensive area of flat or rolling grassland, especially the large plain of central North America.

prairie

An extensive open area of flat grassland, especially in the central plains of North America.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prairie - a treeless grassy plainprairie - a treeless grassy plain    
grassland - land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
Translations
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preeria
prerija
préri
gresja
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prairie

[ˈprɛərɪ]
A. Npradera f, llanura f, pampa f (LAm)
the Prairies (US) → las Grandes Llanuras
B. CPD prairie dog Nperro m de las praderas
prairie oyster N (US) huevo crudo y sazonado que se toma en una bebida alcohólica
prairie wolf Ncoyote m

prairie

[ˈprɛəri] nprairie f
the prairies → la Prairieprairie dog nchien m de prairie

prairie

nGrassteppe f; (in North America) → Prärie f

prairie

:
prairie chicken
n (US) → Präriehuhn nt
prairie dog
nPräriehund m
prairie oyster
nPrärieauster f
prairie schooner
nPlanwagen m
prairie wolf
nPräriewolf m

prairie

[ˈprɛərɪ] nprateria
the prairies → le grandi praterie

prairie

(ˈpreəri) noun
(often in plural) in North America, an area of flat, treeless, grass-covered land.
References in classic literature ?
We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it.
The passion that awoke in him that day, when he saw her at the gate, swept along like an avalanche, or like a prairie fire, or like anything that drives headlong over all obstacles.
He lives on the sea, as prairie cocks in the prairie; he hides among the waves, he climbs them as chamois hunters climb the Alps.
In back of the yards the dreary two-story frame houses were scattered farther apart, and there were great spaces bare--that seemingly had been overlooked by the great sore of a city as it spread itself over the surface of the prairie.
Brave and generous men of New York, farmers of rich and joyous Ohio, and ye of the wide prairie states,--answer, is this a thing for you to protect and countenance?
I saw the fences half consumed, their ends lost in the middle of the prairie, and some worldly miser with a surveyor looking after his bounds, while heaven had taken place around him, and he did not see the angels going to and fro, but was looking for an old post-hole in the midst of paradise.
I sent the three men away, and then opened the sty gate and beckoned Sandy to come -- which she did; and not leisurely, but with the rush of a prairie fire.
So I took the gun and went up a piece into the woods, and was hunting around for some birds when I see a wild pig; hogs soon went wild in them bottoms after they had got away from the prairie farms.
shiny; and the further and further we went over the hills towards the prairie the lovelier and lovelier the trees and flowers got to be and the more it seemed strange and somehow wrong that there had to be trouble in such a world as this.
After crossing a rather large prairie, we arrived at the skirts of a little wood that was enlivened by the songs and flight of a large number of birds.
The prairie, across which the sledge was moving in a straight line, was as flat as a sea.
Tumultuous waves of the great river rise And seem to storm the skies, While snow-bright peak and prairie mist combine, And greyness softens the harsh mountain line.