grass·​land | \ ˈgras-ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio) \

Definition of grassland

1 : farmland occupied chiefly by forage plants and especially grasses
2a : land on which the natural dominant plant forms are grasses and forbs
b : an ecological community in which the characteristic plants are grasses

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Examples of grassland in a Sentence

stunning pictures of the giraffes and zebras roaming the grasslands of Africa
Recent Examples on the Web The program also requires that livestock be able to freely graze on open grassland, prohibits use of animal by-products or antibiotics in feed, forbids use of feedlots and includes monitoring for animal health and welfare. Jordan Strickler, Forbes, "Panorama Organic Is Teaming Up With The Audubon Society To Save Birds," 8 Apr. 2021 This gentle loop moves from pine forest through open grassland. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff to Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's most gorgeous drives. Here's how to do it," 9 Oct. 2020 Here, more than a million acres of private and state lands intermingle with the public lands, and this close relationship has brought out sharp contrasts in beliefs about how the grassland—and public lands in general—should be managed. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal," 5 Mar. 2021 The country has lost almost three quarters of its tallgrass prairie and 40 percent of its grassland bird populations since 1966. Popular Science, "Biden sets an ambitious goal to protect 30 percent of US lands and waters," 22 Feb. 2021 The country has lost almost three quarters of its tallgrass prairie and 40 percent of its grassland bird populations since 1966. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "President Biden’s Order to Protect 30 Percent of the Nation’s Land Could Be a Massive Win for Fish and Wildlife—If Hunters, Anglers, Farmers, Tribes Have a Say," 18 Feb. 2021 All of it set against the surreal beauty of one of the largest remaining intact grassland ecosystems in the world. Carson Vaughan, National Geographic, "Where to find the largest sand dunes in the Western Hemisphere," 21 Oct. 2020 Working with local landscape architect Dawid Klopper, the couple removed most of the non-native foliage and replaced it with indigenous plants more typical of South Africa’s veld, or grassland, like aloes and red grass. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Johannesburg, a Space-Age Bungalow With Killer Views Is Reborn," 5 Jan. 2021 The forest probably flourished for over a millennium before the sea level rose, trees fell and grassland took over. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Section of Petrified Forest Uncovered on Wales Beach After Storm," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of grassland

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grassland

: land covered with grasses and other soft plants but not with bushes and trees


grass·​land | \ ˈgras-ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio) \

Kids Definition of grassland

: land covered with herbs (as grass and clover) rather than shrubs and trees

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