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pampas

[pam-puh z; attributively pam-puh s; Spanish pahm-pahs] /ˈpæm pəz; attributively ˈpæm pəs; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑs/
plural noun, singular pampa
[pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain
Related forms
pampean
[pam-pee-uh n, pam-pee-uh n] /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective

Pampa

[pam-puh] /ˈpæm pə/
noun
1.
a city in N Texas.
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  • The coastal plain lacks the stark grace of the desert or the umber panache of the pampas.
British Dictionary definitions for pampas

pampas

/ˈpæmpəz/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or more often pl)
  1. the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
  2. (as modifier): pampas dwellers
Derived Forms
pampean (ˈpæmpɪən; pæmˈpiːən) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
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Word Origin and History for pampas
n.

"large plains of South America," 1704, from Spanish pampas, plural of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."

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pampas in Science
pampa
  (pām'pə)   
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
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Encyclopedia Article for pampas

pampa

(from Spanish bolson, "large purse"), a semiarid, flat-floored desert valley or depression, usually centred on a playa or salt pan and entirely surrounded by hills or mountains. It is a type of basin characteristic of basin-and-range terrain. The term is usually applied only to certain basins of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico

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