from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An extensive area of flat or rolling, predominantly treeless grassland, especially the large tract or plain of central North America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an extensive area of relatively flat grassland with few, if any, trees, especially in North America
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies and the Rocky mountains.
- n. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called natural meadow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A meadow; level grassy land: a word frequently used by Hennepin and other French writers in describing the country adjacent to the Mississippi river, and now in common use, designating the level or slightly undulating treeless areas which cover a large part of Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and other States further south.
- n. Any small open space in a forest. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a treeless grassy plain
The term prairie is a misnomer in this case; instead we found a beautiful fruitful valley lying between two low ranges of hills, interspersed with groves of trees and picturesque lakes, and watered by a river winding gracefully through its whole length.
Even in the towns that survive and in some cases flourish, the prairie is a presence just beyond main street or the railroad tracks or the strip malls.
In a leadership made up mostly of veteran senators from the South, 47-year-old Thune brings youth and what he calls the prairie sensibilities he learned growing up in small town South Dakota.
This land, you will observe, Mr. Campbell, is peculiarly good, having some few acres of what we call prairie, or natural meadow.
This land, you will observe, Mr Campbell, is peculiarly good, having some few acres of what we call prairie, or natural meadow.
When Frémont and his men crossed the continent to California, in 1842, they ate the flesh of that species of marmot which we know as the prairie-dog.
* High style on a plain prairie: Why a Kansas-born luxury furniture designer set up his manufacturing shop in his home state, far from the cities where his wares sell.
Indeed, the Brown women look nothing like the women in prairie dresses associated with the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints church formerly run by Warren Jeffs, who was convicted of statutory rape for arranging the wedding of a 14-year-old girl to an older man.
But we plowed it under (I myself have plowed a few acres of virgin prairie) and grow food that feeds the 6 billion inhabitants of the earth today.
Some people feel the virgin prairie was beautiful, and it is.