From Middle English medowe, medewe, medwe (also mede > Modern English mead), from Old English mǣdwe, inflected form of mǣd (see mead), from Proto-Germanic *mēdwō (compare West Frisian miede, dialectal Dutch made, dialectal German Matte (“mountain pasture”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂met- (“to mow, reap”) (compare Welsh medi, Latin metere, Ancient Greek ἄμητος (ámētos, “reaping”)), englargement of *h₂meh₁-. More at mow.
meadow (plural meadows)
- A field or pasture; a piece of land covered or cultivated with grass, usually intended to be mown for hay.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175, page 035:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window at the old mare feeding in the meadow below by the brook, […].
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 1, in The Dust of Conflict:
- […] belts of thin white mist streaked the brown plough land in the hollow where Appleby could see the pale shine of a winding river. Across that in turn, meadow and coppice rolled away past the white walls of a village bowered in orchards, […]
- Low land covered with coarse grass or rank herbage near rivers and in marshy places by the sea.
- the salt meadows near Newark Bay
- 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 59:
- European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.