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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stunning pictures of the giraffes and zebras roaming the grasslands of Africa

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At the heart of the network, the towns of Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside provide plenty of jumping-off points for exploring this diverse system that encompasses arid piñon-juniper grasslands, humid creekside corridors and fragrant pine woodlands. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Arizona hike: Shady, easy-to-navigate forest trail leads to big mountain views," 21 June 2019 Usual habitats includes seaside dunes, rocky hillsides, woodlands, grasslands and sometimes residential landscapes. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden," 12 June 2019 The Eurasian steppes — thousands of miles of grassland between Hungary and China — have been the scene of human migrations for millennia. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Ancient DNA Starts Answering Archaeology's Big Questions," 1 Jan. 2019 The cave sits in a unique spot, an ecotone where grassland and coastal tropical forest meet. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "People Lived in This Cave for 78,000 Years," 11 May 2018 Next, a spur trail takes you to Grassy Bald, well-named for its broad expanse of grasslands. Michael J. Bailey,, "Rhododendron rhapsody on Roan Mountain," 9 May 2018 On the northern Great Plains, though, ranchers increasingly find that restoring native grasslands can benefit cattle and wildlife alike. The Christian Science Monitor, "Robots: Job killers or co-workers?," 14 June 2019 They are often found in meadows, grasslands, chaparral and deciduous and coniferous forests. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden," 12 June 2019 But those measures, along with natural changes like the conversion of some forests to grasslands, won’t do a damn thing to protect us in the near term from what may be the greatest hazard to human health in our new climate: smoke. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of grassland

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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