A field of cultivated and mowed grass. Fine sheer plain-woven cotton or linen
(Homonym: lee, li). A unit of length of thread or yarn. Arable land left fallow or used for pasture.
ETYM as. meady; akin to maed, and to German matte; prob. also to Eng. mow. Related to Mow to cut (grass), and cf. Mead.
1 > A tract of low or level land producing grass which is mown for hay; any field on which grass is grown for hay.
2 > Low land covered with coarse grass in marshy places by the sea.
An area of grassland used each year to produce hay or silage. Cattle graze it only after the grass has been cut.
Farmers distinguish between meadow, reserved for cutting, and pasture, which is used solely for grazing purposes. However, the term “water meadow” is applied to areas of riverside grazing land that become rich through regular flooding.
ETYM French, an extensive meadow, Old Fren. praerie, Late Lat. prataria, from Latin pratum a meadow. A treeless grassy plain. The central North American plain, formerly grass-covered, extending over most of the region between the Rocky Mountains on the W and the Great Lakes and Ohio River on the e.
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