noun, often attributive
mead·ow | \ˈme-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of meadow 

: land that is covered or mostly covered with grass wildflowers blooming in the meadow especially : a tract of moist low-lying usually level grassland

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meadowy \ˈme-də-wē \ adjective

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Straw-colored, with a slightly yeasty meadow-fresh aroma, the mead is bone dry with hints of citrus and vanilla. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "From ‘Suite Life’ to the Brew of Kings," 19 June 2018 With a superlight yet moisturizing texture, this formulation includes brightening, antioxidant-rich rose hip oil, anti-inflammatory, hydrating camellia oil and fast-absorbing moisture-barrier protecting meadow-foam seed oil. Janna Mandell,, "Summer skin-care solutions by microclimate," 12 July 2018 Areas that are now bare earth will first be planted with grass to prevent erosion, Collibee said, but are eventually to be turned into wildflower meadows to provide nutrients for key pollinators like butterflies and wild bees. Gregory B. Hladky,, "'Unfortunately, Mother Nature Took It Away.' Sleeping Giant State Park Remains Unrecognizable As Storm Cleanup Continues," 11 July 2018 More of an open, country-meadow course, Franklin Park plays only at about 6,000 yards and has an unusual 34-36 par setup (no par 5s on the front). Ben Volin,, "Restoration has made George Wright and Franklin Park golfing jewels," 3 July 2018 More than 1,000 different taxonomic categories of California native plants are arranged in displays focused on the state’s geography — from arroyo to redwood, canyon to desert, and meadow to woodland. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Barbara serenity abounds in region’s 5 best public gardens," 14 June 2018 The plane landed in a grassy meadow north of the airport. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "4 dead in fiery plane crash in Green County," 10 June 2018 Then everyone will walk a paved trail among meadow flowers in the 298-acre park. Joan Rusek,, "Local kids eat healthy and teach adults about climate change: Valley Views," 13 May 2018 The bear was likely traveling in a culvert that goes under the road into a wooded, meadow area, according to Paul Peditto, a bear expert with DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service. Washington Post, "‘Chilling in the culvert’: A young black bear is spotted near downtown Frederick, Md.," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of meadow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meadow

Middle English medwe, medowe "grassland kept for hay, pasture field," going back to Old English mǣdwe, oblique singular case form of mǣd, going back to West Germanic *mēdwō- (whence also Old Frisian mēde "pasture, meadow," Middle Dutch māde, mēde), noun derivative from the verbal base *mē- "reap, mow" — more at mow entry 2

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The first known use of meadow was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of meadow

: a usually flat area of land that is covered with tall grass


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Kids Definition of meadow

: usually moist and low grassland

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