an industrial or commercial site that is idle or underused because of real or perceived environmental pollution.
Origin of brownfield
a city in NW Texas.
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He is still living and in robust health, at Brownfield station, four miles south of Uniontown.The Old Pike
Thomas B. Searight
Fine intervale lands abound in this vicinity, and also in Brownfield.
(modifier) denoting or located in an urban area that has previously been built onHampshire has many brownfield developments
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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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