a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.

before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte

meadowless, adjective
meadowy, adjective

1. green, range, field. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
meadow (ˈmɛdəʊ)
1.  an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
2.  a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river
[Old English mædwe, from mǣdmead²; related to māwan to mow1]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mædwe, originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay," oblique case of mæd (see mead (2)).
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Bible Dictionary

Meadow definition

(1.) Heb. ha'ahu (Gen. 41:2, 18), probably an Egyptain word transferred to the Hebrew; some kind of reed or water-plant. In the Revised Version it is rendered "reed-grass", i.e., the sedge or rank grass by the river side. (2.) Heb. ma'areh (Judg. 20:33), pl., "meadows of Gibeah" (R.V., after the LXX., "Maareh-geba"). Some have adopted the rendering "after Gibeah had been left open." The Vulgate translates the word "from the west."

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Example sentences
In fact, our road is paved with foreign policy blunders through a meadow of
  forgotten successes.
The western bluebird scoots around in small flocks from one area of the meadow
  to the other.
The manipulation of a single gene is enough to cure the wandering eye of a
  meadow vole.
The soft, golden light will make a meadow of wildflowers glow.
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