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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For months he had made up his mind to have her for his wife—long before their forced flight into the llano Estacado.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • It is mid-day, as filing up the pass, they reach the higher level of the llano.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • On the 12th of March, we ascended upon the celebrated llano Estacado, and continued along its borders for a few days.

  • They were formed after the Tertiary rocks of the llano were laid down.

    North America Israel C. Russell
  • 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
  • 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
  • The little party had escaped a wait of a month in the drenching heat of llano by the narrow margin of an hour.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • Clouds of men from every point were sweeping across the llano toward the town.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • At night, as you know, we might be lost on the llano, and the wicked wolves eat us both up.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • From there he beheld an overpowering force, advancing diagonally across the llano below.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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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