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[pam-puh] /ˈpæm pə/
a city in N Texas.


[pam-puh z; attributively pam-puh s; Spanish pahm-pahs] /ˈpæm pəz; attributively ˈpæm pəs; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑs/
plural noun, singular pampa
[pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/ (Show IPA)
the vast grassy plains of southern South America, especially in Argentina.
Origin of pampas
1695-1705; < American Spanish, plural of pampa < Quechua: flat, unbounded plain
Related forms
[pam-pee-uh n, pam-pee-uh n] /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The Nitrate Railway ascends through high, broken country to the east to the Pampa.

  • One man—a- 99 - brother of Camillo—had been killed and left on the Pampa.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
  • The consuming capacity of the Pampa increased simultaneously with its wealth and population.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • Fourthly, the Pampa, which comprises the central and best known region.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • But wonderful as is the apparently boundless promise of this country of favoured plains, Argentina is not only Pampa.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • The attraction of the Pampa was felt as far as the frontiers.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • On the north side of the Pampa was another rectangular building.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • But the towns of the Pampa which have grown most rapidly are the ports.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • They ended by taking five, including the Pampa, previously mentioned, and they left us two in very poor condition.

    Blanco y Colorado William C. Tetley
  • Count the grains of the sand on the Pampa, and you will have their number.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for Pampa


(functioning as singular or more often pl)
  1. the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
  2. (as modifier): pampas dwellers
Derived Forms
pampean (ˈpæmpɪən; pæmˈpiːən) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pampa



"large plains of South America," 1704, from Spanish pampas, plural of pampa, from Quechua (Peru) pampa "a plain."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pampa in Science
An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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