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1. An extensive tract of level or rolling land, destitute of trees, covered with coarse grass, and usually characterised 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 natural meadow.

(Science: zoology) Prairie chicken, any American grouse of the genus Tympanuchus, especially T. Americanus (formerly T. Cupido), which inhabits the prairies of the central united states. Applied also to the sharp-tailed grouse.

(Science: botany) Prairie clover See Coyote.

Origin: F, an extensive meadow, OF. Praerie, LL. Prataria, fr. L. Pratum a meadow.

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Newbie question about the first life

... explanation for seeing "the light at the end of the tunnel", but not, as far as I know, for walking out of the tunnel and onto a prairie. This other explanation of his has to do with "tunnel vision" due to a lack of blood circulation in the eye. The Dutch doctor thinks ...

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Topic: Newbie question about the first life
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The Himalayan Snowcock in Nevada

... in places like the Grand Canyon, where they devour the endangered native fishes. Pheasants outcompete native grouse, such as sage grouse and prairie chickens, which are now threatened species. I see no reason why hunters couldn't hunt them instead of pheasants. Chukars and Hungarian partridge ...

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by thoffnagle
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:07 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: The Himalayan Snowcock in Nevada
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Re: What is this juvenile mammal?

My biologist friend says it looks most like the endangered Utah white tail prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus), with the one problem that the tail seems a bit long. It was in Canyonlands N.P.

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by Scott111
Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Zoology Discussion
Topic: What is this juvenile mammal?
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what causes enlarged small-groups to break up?

... more common, and it has been observed, that groups of animals will kick-out members when their group gets to large. Take the observed family of prairie dogs which became a hit TV show on animal planet. When outsiders tried to add to the group, they were chased off. Also, when a new litter was ...

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by Tomn
Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:03 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: what causes enlarged small-groups to break up?
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Name game

Spartina pectinata - Prairie Cordgrass

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by Draco
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Name game
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