1. A tract of low or level land producing grass which is mown for hay; any field on which grass is grown for hay.
2. Low land covered with coarse grass or rank herbage near rives and in marshy places by the sea; as, the salt meadows near Newark Bay.
Mead·ow, a. Of or pertaining to a meadow; of the nature of a meadow; produced, growing, or living in, a meadow. “Fat meadow ground.”
Note: ☞ For many names of plants compounded with meadow, see the particular word in the Vocabulary.
Meadow beauty. Bot. Same as Deergrass.
Meadow foxtail Bot., a valuable pasture grass (Alopecurus pratensis) resembling timothy, but with softer spikes.
Meadow hay, a coarse grass, or true sedge, growing in uncultivated swamp or river meadow; -- used as fodder or bedding for cattle, packing for ice, etc. [Local, U. S.]
Meadow hen. Zool. (a) The American bittern. See Stake-driver. (b) The American coot (Fulica). (c) The clapper rail.
Meadow mouse Zool., any mouse of the genus Arvicola, as the common American species Arvicola riparia; -- called also field mouse, and field vole.
Meadow mussel Zool., an American ribbed mussel (Modiola plicatula), very abundant in salt marshes.
Meadow ore Min., bog-iron ore , a kind of limonite.
Meadow parsnip. Bot. See under Parsnip.
Meadow pink. Bot. See under Pink.
Meadow pipit Zool., a small singing bird of the genus Anthus, as Anthus pratensis, of Europe.
Meadow rue Bot., a delicate early plant, of the genus Thalictrum, having compound leaves and numerous white flowers. There are many species.
Meadow saffron. Bot. See under Saffron.
Meadow sage. Bot. See under Sage.
Meadow saxifrage Bot., an umbelliferous plant of Europe (Silaus pratensis), somewhat resembling fennel.
Meadow snipe Zool., the common or jack snipe.
n : a field where grass or alfalfa are grown to be made into hay
(1.) Heb. ha'ahu (Gen. 41:2, 18), probably an Egyptain word
transferred to the Hebrew; some kind of reed or water-plant. In
the Revised Version it is rendered "reed-grass", i.e., the sedge
or rank grass by the river side.
(2.) Heb. ma'areh (Judg. 20:33), pl., "meadows of Gibeah"
(R.V., after the LXX., "Maareh-geba"). Some have adopted the
rendering "after Gibeah had been left open." The Vulgate
translates the word "from the west."