Dictionary > Prairie


1. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterised by a deep, fertile soil. They abound throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies and the rocky mountains. From the forests and the prairies, From the great lakes of the northland. (Longfellow)
2. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called natural meadow.
(Science: zoology) Prairie chicken, any American grouse of the genus Tympanuchus, especially T. Americanus (formerly T. Cupido), which inhabits the prairies of the central united states. Applied also to the sharp-tailed grouse.
(Science: botany) Prairie clover See Coyote.
Origin: F, an extensive meadow, OF. Praerie, LL. Prataria, fr. L. Pratum a meadow.

You will also like...

The Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs represented a major turn in the evolutionary development of organisms on Earth. The first dinosaurs were presu..

Birth of a Human Baby
Birth of a Human Baby

Following nine months inside the mother's womb is the birth of the baby. Know the different stages of the birthing proce..

Human Neurology
Human Neurology

Human Neurology deals essentially with the nervous system of humans. It also features the various theories put forward b..

Genetics and Evolution
Genetics and Evolution

Humans are diploid creatures. This means that for every chromosome in the body, there is another one to match it. Howeve..

"Opabinia regalis"
The Evolutionary Development of Multicellular Organisms

Multicellular organisms evolved. The first ones were likely in the form of sponges. Multicellularity led to the evolutio..

Physiological Homeostasis
Physiological Homeostasis

Homeostasis is essential to maintain conditions within the tolerable limits. Otherwise, the body will fail to function p..