badland

noun
bad·​land | \ ˈbad-ˌland How to pronounce badland (audio) \

Definition of badland

: a region marked by intricate erosional sculpturing, scanty vegetation, and fantastically formed hills usually used in plural

Examples of badland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their story, first recounted to me by a crowd of teenage boys in Bandiagara, was one of refuge taken in these badlands from expanding empires to the north and south, both of which sought to forcibly convert them to Islam. Howard W. French, The New York Review of Books, "Treasures of the Sahel," 29 Apr. 2020 The expanses of windswept badlands, narrow slot canyons, and towering rock formations are sacred to several Native American nations and prized by scientists and outdoor enthusiasts. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump to auction drilling, grazing rights on Utah sites once off limits to development," 6 Feb. 2020 From his home in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Geoff Nemnich can drive west to Wyoming’s wide-open prairies and badlands in pursuit of coyotes. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "Q&A With an Expert Farm-Country Coyote Hunter," 29 Jan. 2020 The proposal to open the land for business is expected to energize a legal fight over the land, which includes badlands, slot canyons, and other features sacred to Native American nations. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 The expanses of windswept badlands, narrow slot canyons and towering rock formations are sacred to several Native American nations and prized by scientists and outdoor enthusiasts. Sarah Kaplan, Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump to auction drilling and grazing rights on Utah sites that were once in national monuments," 6 Feb. 2020 Officials say smuggling has long been a factor in Baluchistan, aided by the province’s badland borders with Iran and Afghanistan, and driven by deep poverty and unemployment among residents. SFChronicle.com, "News of the day from around the world, Dec. 14," 13 Dec. 2019 Schiano has the credentials and the track record to make Rutgers competitive, which would be a start for a program that has been stuck in the Big Ten badlands since its second year in the conference. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten Power Rankings: Michigan football good, but not good enough vs. Ohio State," 2 Dec. 2019 One of the most unusual fossils ever to be found are strange tall structures recovered across Nebraska, primarily in the state’s northwestern badlands and in neighboring parts of Wyoming. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Resolved the Mystery of the Devil’s Corkscrews," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of badland

1850, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2020

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“Badland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/badland. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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