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pampas

[ pam-puhz; attributively pam-puhs; Spanish pahm-pahs ]
/ ˈpæm pəz; attributively ˈpæm pəs; Spanish ˈpɑm pɑs /
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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.
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Origin of pampas

First recorded in 1695–1705; from Latin American Spanish, plural of pampa, from Quechua: “flat, unbounded plain”

OTHER WORDS FROM pampas

pam·pe·an [pam-pee-uhn, pam-pee-uhn], /pæmˈpi ən, ˈpæm pi ən/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pampas

pampas
/ (ˈpæmpəz) /

noun
(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 forms of pampas

pampean (ˈpæmpɪən, pæmˈpiːən), adjective

Word Origin for pampas

C18: from American Spanish pampa (sing), from Quechua bamba plain
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