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 Makoshika State Park is a site particularly worth visiting, characterized by badland formations and dinosaur fossils. Ali Wunderman, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 But areas with broad canyons in rimrock and badland country seldom get pressured by hunters. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 Back then, just around 500,000 people lived in the entire state, and the Central Valley was a sparsely populated badland. Tom Philpott, Wired, 29 Aug. 2020 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of badland

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Badland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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