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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, grassy, almost treeless plain, especially one in Latin America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plain or steppe in parts of Latin America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An extensive plain with or without vegetation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In some of the Spanish or originally Spanish parts of America, a treeless level steppe or plain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an extensive grassy and nearly treeless plain (especially in Latin America)


Spanish, plain, from Latin plānum, from neuter of plānus, level; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish llano. (Wiktionary)


  • The term llano estacado is usually translated as “staked plain.”


  • The llano was a place of extreme desolation, a vast, trackless, and featureless ocean of grass where white men became lost and disoriented and died of thirst; a place where the imperial Spanish had once marched confidently forth to hunt Comanches, only to find that they themselves were the hunted, the ones to be slaughtered.


  • They've cut the 'phone down to the' llano 'as a start.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • What do you expect from a city whose founder couldn't be bothered to find a Spanish dictionary or speaker and learn that the Spanish word for plain is "llano"?


  • I drive through the llano in silence while one commits suicide on the banks of the Pecos River as the Border Patrol closes in.


  • The latter appeared as a collection in a work titled "El llano en llamas" ( "The Burning Plain").

    The few, the proud, the work of Juan Rulfo (1917–1986)

  • To Juan Rulfo and Pedro Paramo, and his short stories El llano en llamas, and the simple and tragic photographs he took of rural Mexico.

    Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio - Nobel Lecture

  • A native of the llano estacado whose first novel, Waltz across Texas 1975, was set on a ranch near Lubbock, Crawford narrates the Comanche wars of the 1870s from the perspective of a U.S.

    Texas novels

  • Danjoy, editors, Amazonia Peruana: vegetación húmeda tropical en el llano subandino.

    Purus varzea

  • Danjoy (editors), Amazonia Peruana: vegetacióon húmeda tropical en el llano subandino.

    Monte Alegre varzea


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