grass·​land | \ˈgras-ˌland \

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

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Once commonly found on North America’s grasslands, Savannah sparrow populations are on the decline as their natural habitat has dwindled. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, "Near Noisy Oil Fields, Lovesick Birds Change Their Tunes," 13 Mar. 2018 Long before the dawn of agriculture, some birds adapted to living in open environments such as grasslands. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 Instead, monsoon rains had transformed the area into a grassland with freshwater lakes and rivers. Karen Kaplan,, "A finger bone from an unexpected place and time upends the story of human migration out of Africa," 9 Apr. 2018 At least two bills in the Legislature seek to discourage homes from being built in fire-prone forests and grasslands. Kurtis Alexander,, "With wildfire season at hand, California on slightly safer footing this year," 17 June 2018 Christiansen said the changes will enable the Forest Service to act more swiftly and do more to improve the conditions of forests and grasslands to help reduce the risk of catastrophic fires. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Forest Service preps for another summer of devastating wildfires across much of the country," 5 June 2018 Participants will search for breeding grassland and marsh birds that thrive in the extensive prairies and wetlands located at the preserve. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 23 May 2018 The fossil, an adult human's finger bone, dates back to 90,000 years ago, when the region's barren desert was green grassland. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Oldest human fossil found in Saudi Arabia indicates migration out of Africa more widespread," 9 Apr. 2018 The ash blanketed the region, turning what was once a grassland into a more barren, muddy expanse—a surface ripe for trackways. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Rare Mammoth Tracks Reveal an Intimate Portrait of Herd Life," 26 Feb. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of grassland

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

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