bush·​fire | \ ˈbu̇sh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce bushfire (audio) \

Definition of bushfire

: an uncontrolled fire in a bush area

Examples of bushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The overall winner was taken by photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, who encountered a female eastern grey kangaroo (below), with a joey in her pouch, that somehow had survived a devastating bushfire near Australia’s southeast coast. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Australia's bushfire season is only expected to worsen in lockstep with global heating. Zahra Barnes, SELF, 22 Apr. 2021 In Australia, a bushfire has been burning out of control for six weeks now in the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island as parts of the country swelter through a record-breaking heatwave. Emma Reynolds, CNN, 7 Dec. 2020 The blaze was the first significant bushfire so far in Australia’s annual fire season, the ferocity of which scientists say is becoming increasingly difficult to predict. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2020 Firefighters have been battling a massive bushfire on the popular tourist destination of Fraser Island for six weeks now as the country sweltered under its hottest November on record. Aj Willingham, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020 Australia’s bushfire season killed or displaced more than 3 billion animals. Time, 23 Dec. 2020 Late last year and early this year, Australia suffered what was the worst bushfire season on record. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 2 Dec. 2020 This weekend saw the first significant bushfire activity since the end of the 2019-20 wildfire season, which charred some 24 million hectares of land, killing 33 people and destroying more than 3,000 homes. Fox News, 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bushfire

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Bushfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushfire. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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