[par-uh-moh, pahr-uh-]

Origin of paramo

1750–60; < American Spanish; Spanish páramo barren plain; presumably of pre-Latin orig. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for paramo

Historical Examples of paramo

  • “We must be prepared to push rapidly across the Paramo,” observed Padillo.

    In New Granada

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Paramo, the name given to an elevated track of desert on the Andes.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • All writers but one agree with Paramo on the subject of the establishment of the Inquisition in Portugal.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)

  • But to remain in a paramo during the night, even though thus protected, is often a painful ordeal.

    The Young Llanero

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • After the account I had heard from the doctor, I begged of Kanimapo that he would not conduct us through a paramo.

    The Young Llanero

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for paramo


noun plural -mos
  1. a high plateau in the Andes between the tree line and the permanent snow line

Word Origin for paramo

C18: American Spanish, from Spanish: treeless plain
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