Definition of Prairie

1. Noun. A treeless grassy plain.

Generic synonyms: Grassland
Specialized synonyms: Great Plains, Great Plains Of North America

Definition of Prairie

1. n. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies and the Rocky mountains.

Definition of Prairie

1. Noun. an extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America ¹

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Definition of Prairie

1. a tract of grassland [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Prairie

prairia Sabbatia
prairie (current term)
prairie anemone
prairie aster
prairie berry
prairie bird's-foot trefoil
prairie chicken
prairie clover
prairie clovers
prairie coneflower
prairie crab
prairie dock

Literary usage of Prairie

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1909)
"Ap. '09. '09. prairie chickens. See prairie hens. prairie dogs. ... prairie dog nuisance in the west. PD E, Country Life. 16: 126. My. 'OJ. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1884)
"Next, perhaps, comes the common locust, which, however, was not indigenous within the prairie region ; but the cultivation of this valuable tree, ..."

3. Report by Illinois Highway Commission (1913)
"The result is that the sun-loving prairie flowers have only one city of refuge, the railways, ... Why not restore the prairie flowers to our roadsides ? ..."

4. Southern Literary Messenger (1850)
"They determined to burn the prairie. One of them carried a contrivance for ... It should be a wide and wild prairie— with the grass four or five feet high ..."

5. Forest Physiography: Physiography of the United States and Principles of by Isaiah Bowman (1911)
"The timber of the southern two-thirds of the prairie Plains is ... Although the prairie Plains support a dense agricultural population and supply a ..."

6. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"prairie schooner—contd. 1910 The next schooner I had any association with was that venerable and faithful prairie schooner that floated so bravely and ..."

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