tallgrass prairie

noun

tall·​grass prairie ˈtȯl-ˌgras- How to pronounce tallgrass prairie (audio)

Examples of tallgrass prairie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Located roughly 21 miles east of Des Moines, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge is home to some of the few remaining pockets of tallgrass prairie and oak savanna ecosystems in Iowa, serving as a crucial haven for the native species that have been displaced due to the agriculture industry. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 The seven-mile round-trip hike from the visitor center to Hanging Rock visits Great Bear Mound (the largest effigy, at 138 feet long), skirts tallgrass prairie, and overlooks the river from 400-foot cliffs, where hawks and eagles cruise the thermals. The Editors, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2019 Home to the largest, most productive area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America, the site provides a benchmark for exploring the drivers and impacts of environmental change taking place throughout the grasslands of the eastern Central Plains. Discover Magazine, 2 June 2017 As the northern terminus of the 47.2 mile Flint Hills National Scenic Byway, which winds among rolling hills and wide-open prairie (in fact, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is home to one of the world's last remaining tallgrass prairie ecosystems), Council Grove is scenic as well. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021 Only a recent decision by the Kansas Supreme Court saved the last remaining unspoiled tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills from being destroyed by turbine plants. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 18 Jan. 2010 Fifteen million acres of tallgrass prairie once covered Missouri, said Francis Skalicky, MDC spokesman. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 Henslow’s sparrows often benefit from habitat restoration efforts and the creation of tallgrass prairie. Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022 One-third of Missouri used to be covered in tallgrass prairie. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'tallgrass prairie.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tallgrass prairie was in 1920

Dictionary Entries Near tallgrass prairie

Cite this Entry

“Tallgrass prairie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tallgrass%20prairie. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on tallgrass prairie

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!