Definition of badland
: a region marked by intricate erosional sculpturing, scanty vegetation, and fantastically formed hills —usually used in plural
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BAGHDAD — The highway from Baghdad to Amman, Jordan, cuts through the insurgent badlands of the western Iraqi desert, and these days any truck driver risks confrontation with roving bands of gunmen.
These two men, accompanied by teams of more-or-less willing students, stuck out every summer for the badlands of the Wild West in search of dinosaur fossils.
The dinosaur lived some 75 million years ago in what are now the badlands of northern Montana.
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