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meadow

[med-oh] /ˈmɛd oʊ/
noun
1.
a tract of grassland used for pasture or serving as a hayfield.
2.
a tract of grassland in an upland area near the timberline.
Origin of meadow
1000
before 1000; Middle English medwe, Old English mǣdw-, oblique stem of mǣd mead2; akin to German Matte
Related forms
meadowless, adjective
meadowy, adjective
Synonyms
1. green, range, field.
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  • Here were no meadowy margins; but the shores were steep and thick-wooded to the water's edge.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I feel it, I hear its smothered ripple, not meant for hearing, and I smell its meadowy fragrance.

  • Brown streams careered down the long, meadowy hollow on his left, wherein many Hessian soldiers lay buried.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • Sweet winds blew from the sunny lake beside her, and small waves sputtered on the meadowy shore.

    Main Street Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for meadowy

meadow

/ˈmɛdəʊ/
noun
1.
an area of grassland, often used for hay or for grazing of animals
2.
a low-lying piece of grassland, often boggy and near a river
Derived Forms
meadowy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mædwe, from mǣdmead²; related to māwan to mow1
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Word Origin and History for meadowy
adj.

1590s, from meadow + -y (2).

meadow

n.

Old English mædwe "meadow, pasture," originally "land covered in grass which is mown for hay;" oblique case of mæd (see mead (n.2)).

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