The definition of a prairie is a large open area of grassland.(noun)
Large flat open areas of grass in South Dakota or Kansas are examples of a prairie.
See prairie in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Fr < OFr praerie < pré, meadow (< L pratum, prob. < IE base *prā-, to bend > MIr rāith, fortification, Welsh bedd-rod, grave) + -erie, -ery
See prairie in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from Old French praierie
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *prātāria
Origin: , from Latin prāta, meadow.
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