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Definition: Prairie hen
, n. [F., an extensive meadow, OF. praerie,
LL. prataria, fr. L. pratum a meadow.]
1. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of
trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually
characterized by a deep, fertile soil. They abound
throughout the Mississippi valley, between the Alleghanies
and the Rocky mountains.
From the forests and the prairies,
From the great lakes of the northland. --Longfellow.
2. A meadow or tract of grass; especially, a so called
(Zo["o]l.), any American grouse of the
, especially Tympanuchus Americanus
(formerly Tympanuchus cupido
), which inhabits the
prairies of the central United States. Applied also to the
(Bot.), any plant of the leguminous genus
, having small rosy or white flowers in
dense terminal heads or spikes. Several species occur in
the prairies of the United States.
(Bot.), a coarse composite plant (Silphium terebinthaceum
) with large rough leaves and yellow
flowers, found in the Western prairies.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American rodent (Cynomys Ludovicianus
) allied to the marmots. It inhabits the
plains west of the Mississippi. The prairie dogs burrow in
the ground in large warrens, and have a sharp bark like
that of a dog. Called also prairie marmot
. Same as Prairie chicken
(Zo["o]l.), a large long-eared Western hare
). See Jack rabbit
, under 2d Jack
, Prairie falcon
(Zo["o]l.), a falcon of
Western North America (Falco Mexicanus
). The upper parts
are brown. The tail has transverse bands of white; the
under parts, longitudinal streaks and spots of brown.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie chicken
(Med.), an affection of the skin attended with
intense itching, which is observed in the Northern and
Western United States; -- also called swamp itch
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Prairie dog
(Zo["o]l.), a large American mole (Scalops argentatus
), native of the Western prairies.
, Prairie plover
, or Prairie snipe
(Zo["o]l.), the upland plover. See Plover
, n., 2.
(Zo["o]l.), the massasauga.
(Zo["o]l.), a large harmless American snake
). It is pale yellow, tinged
with brown above.
(Zo["o]l.), any American ground squirrel
of the genus Spermophilus
, inhabiting prairies; --
called also gopher
(Bot.), the edible turnip-shaped farinaceous
root of a leguminous plant (Psoralea esculenta
) of the
Upper Missouri region; also, the plant itself. Called also
, and pomme de prairie
(Zo["o]l.), a bright-colored American
warbler (Dendroica discolor
). The back is olive yellow,
with a group of reddish spots in the middle; the under
parts and the parts around the eyes are bright yellow; the
sides of the throat and spots along the sides, black;
three outer tail feathers partly white.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Coyote