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brownfield

[broun-feeld]
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noun
  1. an industrial or commercial site that is idle or underused because of real or perceived environmental pollution.
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Origin of brownfield

1975–80; brown + field

Brownfield

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noun
  1. a city in NW Texas.
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Historical Examples

  • He is still living and in robust health, at Brownfield station, four miles south of Uniontown.

    The Old Pike

    Thomas B. Searight

  • Fine intervale lands abound in this vicinity, and also in Brownfield.


British Dictionary definitions for brownfield

brownfield

noun
  1. (modifier) denoting or located in an urban area that has previously been built onHampshire has many brownfield developments
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Word Origin and History for brownfield

n.

abandoned or disused industrial land, often contaminated to some degree, 1992, American English, from brown (adj.) + field (n.).

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brownfield in Science

brownfield

[brounfēld′]
  1. A piece of industrial or commercial property that is abandoned or underused and often environmentally contaminated, especially one considered as a potential site for redevelopment. Compare greenfield.
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