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

Examples of grassland in a Sentence

stunning pictures of the giraffes and zebras roaming the grasslands of Africa
Recent Examples on the Web Over the next few centuries, though, that scrub forest gave way to a large, open meadow amid a patchwork landscape of grassland, forest, and wetland. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 The Facebook post claims the video shows the North Pole, but the footage shows a dry grassland in the foreground. Dezimey Kum, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 But the plans to set ablaze the three-acre meadow are all but set in stone, which Christine Mansfield, marketing and development manager at the arboretum, says is necessary to protect the grassland ecosystem in the long run. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 Mar. 2022 Natural disasters like the recent winter grassland fire in Colorado will become more common with the changing climate, experts say. Shanzeh Ahmad,, 23 Jan. 2022 Climate models need to link rising temperatures on a global scale to changing conditions in a local forest, watershed, grassland or agricultural zone, says NCAR forest ecologist Jacquelyn Shuman, right; NCAR scientist Gerald Meehl, left. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2022 California is 33 percent forest, 7 percent grassland and 8 percent chaparral (bushes and shrubs). New York Times, 3 Jan. 2022 California is 33% forest, 7% grassland and 8% chaparral (bushes and shrubs). Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, 3 Jan. 2022 In some places, scientists say, tree conditions have gotten so bad that forests aren’t likely to recover and, as a result, woodlands will be increasingly replaced by shrubs and grassland. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of grassland

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

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10 May 2022

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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