pampas

[pam-puhz; attributively pam-puhs; Spanish pahm-pahs]
plural noun, singular pampa [pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] .
the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.

Origin:
1695–1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain

pampean [pam-pee-uhn, pam-pee-uhn] , adjective
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Pampa

[pam-puh] .
noun
a city in N Texas.
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pampas (ˈpæmpəz)
 
n
(functioning as singular or more often plural)
 a.  the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
 b.  (as modifier): pampas dwellers
 
[C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain]
 
pampean
 
adj

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pampas
"large plains of S.America, 1704, from Sp. pampas, pl. of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."
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pampa   (pām'pə)  Pronunciation Key 
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
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The coastal plain lacks the stark grace of the desert or the umber panache of the pampas.
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