grassland

noun
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

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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 Their conclusion: Long ago, the region was humid grassland, similar to present-day East Africa. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The World Is Our Niche," 3 June 2019 Temperate grasslands—those that get cooler in winter—are especially hard-hit. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Earth’s grasslands are vanishing. See the wildlife that calls them home.," 11 Apr. 2019 These public lands managed by the BLM comprise more than 245 million surface and 700 million subsurface acres of desert, grasslands, canyons, and forests in Western states including Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019 The Florida Everglades are teeming with snakes, but scientists conducting research in the marshy grasslands recently encountered a slithering behemoth big enough to make all the other serpents look scrawny. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Capture the Biggest Snake Ever Found in the Florida Everglades," 8 Apr. 2019 Ninety-nine percent of California native grasslands are already gone forever. Nina Agrawal, latimes.com, "L.A. County inches toward a final decision on Tejon Ranch development," 7 June 2018 One of Africa’s greatest wetlands, Bangweulu offers a welcome alternative to the typical grassland safari. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Secret Safaris: Little-Known National Parks in Africa," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of grassland

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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grassland

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grassland

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

grassland

noun
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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