[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pampean
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"large plains of S.America, 1704, from Sp. pampas, pl. of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
pampa   (pām'pə)  Pronunciation Key 
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature