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brownfield

[broun-feeld] /ˈbraʊnˌfild/
noun
1.
an industrial or commercial site that is idle or underused because of real or perceived environmental pollution.
Origin
1975-80; brown + field

Brownfield

[broun-feeld] /ˈbraʊnˌfild/
noun
1.
a city in NW Texas.
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brownfield

/ˈbraʊnˌfiːld/
noun
1.
(modifier) denoting or located in an urban area that has previously been built on: Hampshire has many brownfield developments
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Word Origin and History for brownfield
n.

abandoned or disused industrial land, often contaminated to some degree, 1992, American English, from brown (adj.) + field (n.).

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brownfield in Science
brownfield
  (broun'fēld')   
A piece of industrial or commercial property that is abandoned or underused and often environmentally contaminated, especially one considered as a potential site for redevelopment. Compare greenfield.
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