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 These bears live in a variety of dry and moist forests and in some tall grasslands. Fox News, "10 different kinds of bear: Everything you need to know about the huge mammals," 10 Mar. 2020 There is still plenty of grassland here, or veld, as South Africans call it. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Put down that veggie burger. These farmers say their cows can solve the climate crisis," 6 Mar. 2020 At stake are 250 million acres of grassland, steppe, desert, and forest that BLM oversees, along with the agency’s 700 million subsurface acres, rich with oil and gas and hard-rock minerals. Christopher Ketcham, The New Republic, "The Trump Official Who Could Obliterate Public Lands," 3 Feb. 2020 Spraying involves precision spraying of only the insect and not spraying crops, grasslands or the environment, [and] infestations are not repeatedly sprayed. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "Desert Locust Swarms Continue to Spread in Africa, Middle East," 4 Mar. 2020 The bird makes its home in grasslands and woodlands, as well as open savannas as long as there are nearby trees to roost in and build nests for its young. National Geographic, "Southern ground hornbill," 2 Mar. 2020 Horses – and the people who care for them – tend to live in remote, dry or cold grassland regions, moving often and leaving only ephemeral marks in the archaeological record. William Taylor, The Conversation, "Humans domesticated horses – new tech could help archaeologists figure out where and when," 2 Mar. 2020 The great Indian bustard is a grassland species and is the largest among four bustard species in India, all of which have declined in population. Neha Jain, Quartz India, "Indian birdwatchers warn that almost all local birds are dying out," 24 Feb. 2020 Delta said its offset projects would focus on forestry, wetland restoration, grassland conservation, marine and soil capture, among other initiatives. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta Air Lines Has Big Plans to Cut Down on Carbon," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of grassland

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

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The first known use of grassland was in the 14th century

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26 Mar 2020

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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