bot·​tom·​land | \ ˈbä-təm-ˌland How to pronounce bottomland (audio) \

Definition of bottomland

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

Examples of bottomland in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 By 1925, 40 businesses — including the famous Wolferman’s, which served 10,000 grocery shoppers its first week at 47th and Wyandotte — had mushroomed atop the ever-richer bottomland. Darryl Levings, kansascity, "From swampy to swanky, the Country Club Plaza is born | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 Pueblo structures still stand under red cliffs, while modern-day Navajos farm the bottomlands. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015 The land, which includes 3.5 miles along Salmon Creek, is important ecologically, with flood plain forests of cypress-gum swamp and bottomland hardwood forest. Washington Post, "Land deal will preserve site linked to Lost Colony mystery," 28 Apr. 2018 From the Gulf Coast, my path leads me north into the interior bottomlands of Louisiana and Mississippi, with their mix of hardwood swamp forest, river oxbows, row-crop agriculture, and the tiny old towns of the lower Mississippi. Bruce M. Beehler, Smithsonian, "Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Days," 16 Apr. 2018 In the 1930s Ron's grandfather, a worker for the Louisville Transit Authority, bought the farm and the 50 acres of bottomland at Floyd's Fork. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "Don’t let this Louisville farmhouse fool you. Inside it’s a nautical getaway," 12 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bottomland.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bottomland

1612, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bottomland

Statistics for bottomland

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bottomland

The first known use of bottomland was in 1612

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bottomland



English Language Learners Definition of bottomland

: flat low land along a river or stream

More from Merriam-Webster on bottomland

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bottomland

Comments on bottomland

What made you want to look up bottomland? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!