[pam-puh z; attributively pam-puh s; Spanish pahm-pahs]

plural noun, singular pam·pa [pam-puh; Spanish pahm-pah] /ˈpæm pə; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑ/.

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 formspam·pe·an [pam-pee-uh n, pam-pee-uh n] /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/, adjective




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

Related Words for pampas

pasture, prairie, plain, steppe, savanna, field, range, llano, sward, veldt, campo, swarth

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British Dictionary definitions for pampas



(functioning as singular or more often plural)
  1. the extensive grassy plains of temperate South America, esp in Argentina
  2. (as modifier)pampas dwellers
Derived Formspampean (ˈpæmpɪən, pæmˈpiːən), adjective

Word Origin for pampas

C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
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Word Origin and History for pampas

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

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pampas in Science



An extensive, treeless grassland of southern South America.
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