large, grassy, and almost treeless plain, especially in Latin
Common clues: Latin
American plain; Nearly treeless plain; Grassy plain; South
American plain; The plain in Spain; Gaucho's turf
once a year
Llanos (meaning the flat plains) is a vast tropical grassland
plain situated at the east of the Andes in northwestern South
America (Colombia and Venezuela). Its main river is the Orinoco.
poor climate, during the colonial era, llaneros (similar to the
gauchos of the pampas) herded millions of heads of cattle here.
area slopes gradually away from the highland areas that surround
it; elevations in the llanos never exceed 200 meters.
llano is the Spanish word for plain. It became the
Spanish-American term for prairie.
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