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Great Plains

a semiarid region E of the Rocky Mountains, in the U.S. and Canada. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Before the railroad reached out across the Great Plains, Ascalon was there as a fort, under another name.

    Trail's End George W. Ogden
  • This is the zebra, the wild horse of the Great Plains of Southern Africa.

  • In this story the scene is shifted to the Great Plains of the southwest and then to the Mexican border.

  • My adventursome father had crossed the Great Plains as early as 1846.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis
  • In 1871 the town that first rose on these Great Plains was burned to the ground.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
British Dictionary definitions for Great Plains

Great Plains

plural noun
a vast region of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, extending from the lowlands of the Mackenzie River (Canada), south to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Great Plains in Culture

Great Plains definition

Grassland prairie region of North America, extending from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, in Canada, south through the west-central United States into Texas.

Note: Now characterized by huge ranches and farms, the Great Plains were long inhabited by Native Americans.
Note: In the 1930s, areas of the Great Plains were known collectively as the Dust Bowl. Poor agricultural practices led to depletion of topsoil, which was blown away in huge dust storms. The area was called the Great American Desert well into the nineteenth century.
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