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
They often move into the park's meadows to eat berries and other favorite snack
These in turn fade into tall forests of pine and birch, punctuated by meadows
  and timeless villages of log houses.
The clear streams burble over pebbles and through meadows.
They cleared the land to create meadows for their cows, and to grow hay to feed
  their livestock through the long winter.
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