Definition of prairie in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈprɛːri


  • 1A large open area of grassland, especially in North America.
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    • With these they are able to dramatise plains, prairies, steppes and meadows.
    • In 1708, the area around their towns consisted of open oak woodlands, savannas, and prairies.
    • Limestone prairie habitat in Pennsylvania is seriously threatened.
  • 2 (Prairie) [often 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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