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SAVANNA

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 240 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SAVANNA or SAVANNAH (Span. sdvana, a sheet; Late Lat. sabanum, Gr. o0avov, a linen cloth), a term applied either to a plain covered with snow or ice, or, more generally, to a treeless plain. Its use in English, more frequent formerly than now, is most common in application to the great plains of central North America, in which it is practically the equivalent of " prairie " (q.v.). In this application it was first used (accented thussavdna) by the Spanish historian Gonzalo de Oviedo y Valdes in the 16th century.
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