an industrial or commercial site that is idle or underused because of real or perceived environmental pollution.

Origin of brownfield

1975–80; brown + field




a city in NW Texas. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(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

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



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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