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[lah-noh; Spanish yah-naw] /ˈlɑ noʊ; Spanish ˈyɑ nɔ/
noun, plural llanos
[lah-nohz; Spanish yah-naws] /ˈlɑ noʊz; Spanish ˈyɑ nɔs/ (Show IPA)
(in the southwestern U.S. and Spanish America)
an extensive grassy plain with few trees.
Origin of llano
1605-15; < Spanish: a plain < Latin plānus plain1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for llano
Historical Examples
  • It is mid-day, as filing up the pass, they reach the higher level of the llano.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • They were formed after the Tertiary rocks of the llano were laid down.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • The llano had appeared to them in its grandiose majesty, and a cry of delight had burst from breasts so long oppressed by fear.

    The Flying Horseman

    Gustave Aimard
  • Clouds of men from every point were sweeping across the llano toward the town.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • On the llano fugitives and pursuers mingled as one in the human wave of confusion.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • From there he beheld an overpowering force, advancing diagonally across the llano below.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • They seemed to be moving northward, along the level meadows that stretched between the butte and the llano Estacado.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • As Carlos said this, he pointed to a number of ragged ridges that from the brow of the llano Estacado jutted out into the plain.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • On going back to his cave he had crossed a fresh trail coming in from the northern end of the llano Estacado.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Not less brilliant fell those beams where no harvest was ever known—upon the wild plain of the llano Estacado.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for llano


/ˈlɑːnəʊ; Spanish ˈʎano/
noun (pl) -nos (-nəʊz; Spanish) (-nɔs)
an extensive grassy treeless plain, esp in South America
Word Origin
C17: Spanish, from Latin plānum level ground
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Word Origin and History for llano

1610s, American Spanish, "prairie," from Spanish llano "plain, even, level, smooth," ultimately from Latin planum "plain," from planus "smooth" (see plane (n.1)). Hence, llanero "a Latin-American cowboy" (1819), literally "plainsman."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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