bushfire

noun

bush·​fire ˈbu̇sh-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce bushfire (audio)
Australia
: an uncontrolled fire in a bush area

Examples of bushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where to Stay: Two years after it was razed in the island’s bushfires, the luxurious Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island just reopened this month. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 6 Dec. 2023 Beyond the rail line in both directions, the land was a vast expanse of harsh scrub often pitted with the black scars of bushfires—only a few small villages of subsistence farmers broke the monotony. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Another notable stay can be found on Kangaroo Island, where the famed Southern Ocean Lodge is slated to reopen in December after the disastrous bushfires of 2020. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 In 2019 and 2020, Australia experienced severe bushfires that burned 19 million hectares of land and over 3,000 homes, killing more than 56,000 livestock animals. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2023 In 2020, bushfires burned more than 72,000 square miles across Australia, including almost half of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 Australia’s bushfire season of 2019 to 2020 was devastating to the flying fox population, killing tens of thousands. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Oct. 2023 Also offering insight into the island's bushfire recovery is a new e-bike tour launched in February by Exceptional Kangaroo Island, which visits the cellar doors of The Islander Estate Vineyards and nearby boutique gin distillery Kangaroo Island Spirits along the way. Sarah Reid, Travel + Leisure, 23 May 2021 River’s homeland is at the frontline, with millions of her countrymen and women confronted by bushfire, drought and floods in recent years. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 15 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bushfire was in 1832

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“Bushfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushfire. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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