Pronunciation: (prâr'ē), [key]
1. an extensive, level or slightly undulating, mostly treeless tract of land in the Mississippi valley, characterized by a highly fertile soil and originally covered with coarse grasses, and merging into drier plateaus in the west. Cf. pampas, savanna, steppe.
2. a tract of grassland; meadow.
3. (in Florida) a low, sandy tract of grassland often covered with water.
4. Southern U.S.wet grassland; marsh.
5. (cap.) a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and a two-wheeled rear truck. See table under Whyte classification.

Prairie, The

a historical novel (1827) by James Fenimore Cooper. Cf. Leather-Stocking Tales.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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