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pampas

[pam-puh z; attributively pam-puh s; Spanish pahm-pahs] /ˈpæm pəz; attributively ˈpæm pəs; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑs/
plural noun, singular pampa
[pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/ (Show IPA)
1.
the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain
Related forms
pampean
[pam-pee-uh n, pam-pee-uh n] /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pampean

pampas

/ˈpæmpəz/
noun
1.
(functioning as singular or more often pl)
  1. the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
  2. (as modifier) pampas dwellers
Derived Forms
pampean (ˈpæmpɪən; pæmˈpiːən) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
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Word Origin and History for pampean
pampas
"large plains of S.America, 1704, from Sp. pampas, pl. of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."
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