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      n   often pl   a treeless grassy plain of the central U.S. and S Canada  
   Compare       pampas       steppe       savanna  
     (C18: from French, from Old French praierie, from Latin pratum meadow)  

prairie chicken   , fowl, grouse, hen  
      n   either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America  
prairie dog  
      n   any of several gregarious sciurine rodents of the genus Cynomys, such as C. ludovicianus, that live in large complex burrows in the prairies of North America,   (Also called)    prairie marmot  
prairie oyster  
1    a drink consisting of raw unbeaten egg, vinegar or Worcester sauce (Worcester oyster), salt, and pepper: a supposed cure for a hangover  
2    the testicles of a bull calf cooked and eaten  
Prairie Provinces  
      pl n   the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta, which lie in the N Great Plains region of North America: the chief wheat and petroleum producing area of Canada  
prairie schooner  
      n     (Chiefly U.S)   a horse-drawn covered wagon similar to but smaller than a Conestoga wagon, used in the 19th century to cross the prairies of North America  
prairie soil  
      n   a soil type occurring in temperate areas formerly under prairie grasses and characterized by a black A horizon, rich in plant foods  
prairie turnip  
      n      another name for       breadroot  
prairie wolf  
      n      another name for       coyote       1  
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