[pam-puh] .
a city in N Texas. Unabridged


[pam-puhz; attributively pam-puhs; Spanish pahm-pahs]
plural noun, singular pampa [pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] .
the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.

1695–1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain

pampean [pam-pee-uhn, pam-pee-uhn] , adjective Unabridged
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pampas (ˈpæmpəz)
(functioning as singular or more often plural)
 a.  the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
 b.  (as modifier): pampas dwellers
[C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain]

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Word Origin & History

"large plains of S.America, 1704, from Sp. pampas, pl. of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."
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pampa   (pām'pə)  Pronunciation Key 
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
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(from Spanish bolson, "large purse"), a semiarid, flat-floored desert valley or depression, usually centred on a playa or salt pan and entirely surrounded by hills or mountains. It is a type of basin characteristic of basin-and-range terrain. The term is usually applied only to certain basins of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico

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