[lah-noh; Spanish yah-naw]
noun, plural llanos [lah-nohz; Spanish yah-naws] (in the southwestern U.S. and Spanish America)
an extensive grassy plain with few trees.

1605–15; < Spanish: a plain < Latin plānus plain1

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llano (ˈlɑːnəʊ, Spanish ˈʎano)
n , pl -nos
an extensive grassy treeless plain, esp in South America
[C17: Spanish, from Latin plānum level ground]

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1613, Amer.Sp., "prairie," from Sp. llano "plain, even, level, smooth," ult. from L. planum "plain," from planus "smooth" (see plane (1)). Hence, llanero "a Latin-American cowboy" (1878), lit. "plainsman."
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