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Definition of bottomland

: low-lying land along a watercourse often used in pluralthe fertile bottomlands

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Recent Examples on the Web Charles Cocke, a descendant who lives in Charlottesville, said he was thrilled by the discovery and planned to plant it on bottomland next season. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "A once-famous, long-lost corn variety returns from the dead," 27 Nov. 2019 The 18,000-acre site in Warren and Issaquena counties is made up of bayous, cypress sloughs and bottomland hardwoods. USA TODAY, "Surfboard proposal, Duke dorm opossum, Sky Bar’s back: News from around our 50 states," 15 Nov. 2019 This area features 7,155 acres of bottomland forest along the Sipsey River available for canoeing, birding, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking and wildlife photography. Frank Sargeant,, "Lake Eufaula turns out huge catches in Alabama Bass Trail Event," 19 June 2019 Behind the protection of levees, cities and towns grew and farms expanded into rich bottomlands adjacent to the river. Tristan Baurick,, "The River’s Revenge: The Mississippi remains critical to our prosperity, but hostile to attempts to control it," 15 June 2019 The property’s resources include freshwater marsh, cypress-gum swamp, and forests of bottomland hardwoods, loblolly pine and longleaf pine. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 That left freed slaves to build their homes on bottomland. Fox News, "Florence poses a new threat for rural, struggling towns," 12 Sep. 2018 In some wide river basins where flooding inundated hundreds of thousands of acres of prime bottomland deer habitat, losses of fawns were devastating. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas’ deer population would welcome good soaking," 16 June 2018 Congaree National Park, South Carolina Located 30 minutes outside Columbia, South Carolina, Congaree is home to the country’s largest swath of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Under-the-Radar National Parks You Should Visit," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of bottomland

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bottomland was in 1612

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4 Dec 2019

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“Bottomland.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bottomland

: flat low land along a river or stream

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