bushfire

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

Definition of bushfire

Australia
: an uncontrolled fire in a bush area

Examples of bushfire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while most of the regions with silo art weren’t affected by the recent bushfires, many of the farming communities with the murals remain in the grip of drought. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 11 May 2020 After bushfires, a koala’s territory is often no longer able to sustain them due to lack of food—which for koalas also provides water—or lack of shelter. Popular Science, "Dogs and scientists team up to save burnt, starving koalas," 27 Mar. 2020 The plight of koalas during the recent bushfire crisis made headlines here and abroad. Popular Science, "Dogs and scientists team up to save burnt, starving koalas," 27 Mar. 2020 April weather is warm and dry as autumn sets in, and the area has not been affected by the devastating bushfires that happened in other parts of Australia. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in April," 12 Feb. 2020 Holmes was attending the American Australian Association Arts Awards Dinner in Chelsea, New York, which supported a very worthy cause: Australian bushfire relief. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Attends an Awards Dinner Supporting Australian Bushfires in a Stunning, Off-the-Shoulder Dress," 31 Jan. 2020 The Australian deadly bushfire crisis has been devastating many parts of the continent. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Serena Williams wins first title in 3 years — and donates prize money to Australia wildfire relief," 12 Jan. 2020 With no end in sight to the bushfire crisis, such calls are bound to grow. The Economist, "Australia’s bushfires intensify the debate about climate change," 31 Dec. 2019 The tyranny of distance and the shocking bushfires that kept the tourists away delayed the inevitable spread of virus in Australia, enabling a brief glimpse into our possible futures. Amaali Lokuge, New York Times, "Racing Against the Virus From Inside Australia’s Healthcare System," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of bushfire

1832, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2020

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“Bushfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bushfire. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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