Definitions for prairieˈprɛər i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prairie(noun)

    a treeless grassy plain


  1. prairie(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: From prairie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prairie(noun)

    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

  2. Prairie(noun)

    a meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called natural meadow

  3. Origin: [F., an extensive meadow, OF. praerie, LL. prataria, fr. L. pratum a meadow.]


  1. Prairie

    Prairies are ecosystems considered part of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome by ecologists, based on similar temperate climates, moderate rainfall, and a composition of grasses, herbs, and shrubs, rather than trees, as the dominant vegetation type. Temperate grassland regions include the Pampas of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay as well as the steppes of Eurasia. Lands typically referred to as "prairie" tend to be in North America. The term encompasses the area referred to as the Interior Lowlands of the United States, Canada and Mexico, which includes all of the Great Plains as well as the wetter, somewhat hillier land to the east. In the U.S., the area is constituted by most or all of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, and sizable parts of the states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and western and southern Minnesota. The Central Valley of California is also a prairie. The Canadian Prairies occupy vast areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Prairie

    name given by the French to an extensive tract of flat or rolling land covered with tall, waving grass, mostly destitute of trees, and forming the great central plain of North America, which extends as far N. as Canada.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Vincent Benet:

    Honesty rare as a man without self-pity, kinders as large and plain as a prairie wind.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    The antiwar movement is a wild orgasm of anarchists sweeping across the country like a prairie fire.

  3. William Fullbright:

    The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.

  4. Marta Call:

    We cannot utilize poison to control the populations based on wildlife protections, we have to look at other means of controlling the prairie dogs and keeping them out of the cemetery, because we truly are sympathetic to the issue at hand.

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