prairielike

prairie

[prair-ee]
noun
1.
an extensive, level or slightly undulating, mostly treeless tract of land in the Mississippi valley, characterized by a highly fertile soil and originally covered with coarse grasses, and merging into drier plateaus in the west. Compare pampas, savanna, steppe.
2.
a tract of grassland; meadow.
3.
(in Florida) a low, sandy tract of grassland often covered with water.
4.
Southern U.S. wet grassland; marsh.
5.
(initial capital letter) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck.

Origin:
1675–85; < French: meadow < Vulgar Latin *prātāria, equivalent to Latin prāt(um) meadow + -āria, feminine of -ārius -ary

prairielike, adjective
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prairie (ˈprɛərɪ)
 
n
(often plural) pampas steppe Compare savanna a treeless grassy plain of the central US and S Canada
 
[C18: from French, from Old French praierie, from Latin prātum meadow]

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prairie
tract of level or undulating grassland in N.Amer., 1773, from Fr. prairie, from O.Fr. praerie (12c.), from V.L. *prataria, from L. pratum "meadow," originally "a hollow." The word existed in M.E. as prayere, but was lost and reborrowed to describe the American plains. Prairie dog is attested from 1774;
prairie schooner "immigrant's wagon" is from 1841.
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prairie   (prâr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
An extensive area of flat or rolling grassland, especially the large plain of central North America.
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