noun, often attributive
mead·​ow | \ ˈme-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce meadow (audio) \

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 How to pronounce meadowy (audio) \ adjective

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The only pictures to accompany the story were apparently posed ones of the couple relaxing in a meadow, rather than, say, Symonds in tears. The Economist, "Confessions of a Downing Street photographer," 19 July 2019 The government plan includes some of those recommendations, such as protecting insect habitats like meadows and hedges. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "€100 million German insect protection plan will protect habitats, restrict weed killers, and boost research," 6 Sep. 2019 Dine Nez was a shepherd on the high mesa of the reservation near Jones Ranch, where rolling hills of pinon, ponderosa, juniper and oak are divided by lush meadows and deep canyons. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 The effect is that the home soars above the 15-acre wetland meadow with a series of landings and balconies. Anna Bahney, CNN, "These luxury beach homes are made to cozy up to nature," 24 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Eastern Europe’s ecologically diverse wildflower meadows and old-growth forests provide near-perfect conditions for bison and other scarce species. The Economist, "An ancient beast returns to Transylvania," 22 Aug. 2019 Ecologists this spring found clusters of eggs in meadows and ponds, proof of the first breeding in the park by the frogs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Francisco Zoo brings red-legged frogs back to Yosemite," 22 Aug. 2019 This isn't Westeros; no one's out here massing troops on opposite sides of a meadow while the fat cats in the biggest tent play an oversized game of Risk and tend to their carbuncles. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney+ Brandishes Its Weapon: An Infinity Gauntlet of Brands," 20 Aug. 2019 At this point, the only thing on the bottom of Pigs Eye Lake is muck and goldenrod plants which are remnants of when the area was a meadow and wetland. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: The goal of the Pig’s Eye Lake island project," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of meadow

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


mead·​ow | \ ˈme-dō How to pronounce meadow (audio) \

Kids Definition of meadow

: usually moist and low grassland

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