SAVANNA or SAVANNAH (Span, sdvana, a sheet; Late Lat sabanum, Gr. ffaftavov, a linen cloth), a term applied either t a plain covered with snow or ice, or, more generally, to a treeles plain. Its use in English, more frequent formerly than now, i most common in application to the great plains of central Nort America, in which it is practically the equivalent of " prairie (?..). In this application it was first used (accented thus sav&na) by the Spanish historian Gonzalo de Oviedo y Valdes in the 16th century.
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