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[par-uh-moh, pahr-uh-] /ˈpær əˌmoʊ, ˈpɑr ə-/
noun, plural paramos.
a high, cold plateau of South America.
Origin of paramo
1750-60; < American Spanish; Spanish páramo barren plain; presumably of pre-Latin orig. Unabridged
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  • We never made any attempt to enumerate the divers species of palms that were ever in view from the paramo to the ocean.

  • paramo, the name given to an elevated track of desert on the Andes.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The cold wind of the paramo luckily caught the pursuers on the top of the pass.

  • But to remain in a paramo during the night, even though thus protected, is often a painful ordeal.

    The Young Llanero W.H.G. Kingston
  • He had worked diggings outside the paramo claim, using common sluice boxes.

  • paramo (a desert) is the treeless, uninhabited, uncultivated rolling steppes just below the snow-limit.

  • We crossed the paramo in safety, and continued our journey for several days without any further adventure.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • The peasants living on the paramo, although lightly clad, did not seem to be affected by the cold.

  • A 'paramo' in the Andes is a district some 1700 or 2000 fathoms high, where vegetation ceases, and the cold is piercing.

  • It was not strange, then, that they should give exaggerated accounts of the cold of the paramo or of the suffering it induces.

British Dictionary definitions for paramo


noun (pl) -mos
a high plateau in the Andes between the tree line and the permanent snow line
Word Origin
C18: American Spanish, from Spanish: treeless plain
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