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PLATEAU (plateaux)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does plateau mean? 

PLATEAU (noun)
  The noun PLATEAU has 1 sense:

1. a relatively flat highland

  Familiarity information: PLATEAU used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PLATEAU (noun)

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A relatively flat highland

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


plateau; tableland

Hypernyms ("plateau" is a kind of...):

highland; upland (elevated (e.g., mountainous) land)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "plateau"):

mesa; table (flat tableland with steep edges)

bench; terrace (a level shelf of land interrupting a declivity (with steep slopes above and below))

Instance hyponyms:

Ardennes (a wooded plateau in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France; the site of intense fighting in World War I and World War II)

Najd; Nejd (a central plateau region of the Arabian Peninsula; formerly an independent sultanate until 1932 when it united with Hejaz to form the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

Guiana Highlands (a mountainous tableland in northern South America; extends from Venezuela into Guyana and northern Brazil)

Cambrian Mountains (a rugged plateau that runs north to south through central Wales)

Colorado Plateau (a large plateau south and west of the Rocky Mountains; abuts mountains on the north and east and ends in an escarpment overlooking lowlands to the south and west; the Grand Canyon is carved out of the southwestern corner)

Llano Estacado (a large semiarid plateau forming the southern part of the Great Plains)

Massif Central (a mountainous plateau in southern France that covers almost one sixth of the country)

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