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meadow

[med-oh] /ˈmɛd oʊ/
noun
1.
a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
2.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte
Related forms
meadowless, adjective
meadowy, adjective
Synonyms
1. green, range, field.
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  • In fact, our road is paved with foreign policy blunders through a meadow of forgotten successes.
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  • The soft, golden light will make a meadow of wildflowers glow.
  • Under a pale blue morning sky, a string of horses heads across an untracked meadow dusted with snow.
  • At its base lie a lovely little pond and a meadow that is sprinkled with wildflowers during the summer.
  • Stays under the trees where he wants it, not all over the meadow.
  • It's the juxtaposition of the nearby meadow flowers or turquoise lake that sets off the mountains' grandeur.
  • My favorite solution is to replace your lawn with a meadow.
  • He circled the meadow a couple of times with the dogs after him, then went up the highest tree.
British Dictionary definitions for meadow

meadow

/ˈmɛdəʊ/
noun
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
Derived Forms
meadowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mædwe, from mǣdmead²; related to māwan to mow1
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Word Origin and History for meadow
n.

Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

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meadow in the Bible

(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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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