- The definition of a prairie is a large open area of grassland.
Large flat open areas of grass in South Dakota or Kansas are examples of a prairie.
Origin: Fr from Old French praerie from pré, meadow (from Classical Latin pratum, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form prā-, to bend from source Middle Irish rāith, fortification, Welsh bedd-rod, grave) plush -erie, -ery
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Origin: French, from Old French praierie, from Vulgar Latin *prātāria, from Latin prāta, meadow.
prairie - Science Definition
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