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
Recent Examples on the Web National Bison Range, Montana: Pack a camera when visiting this 112-year-old grassland sanctuary, which helped rescue its famous namesake—our national mammal—from the brink of extinction. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, "Which Public Lands Are Right for You?," 3 May 2021 In the past month, the grassland hillsides ignited not with fire, but with emerald-like greens spiked with wildflowers. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "After last year's wildfires, spring revival brings record visits to Bay Area parks," 8 Apr. 2021 The country has lost almost three quarters of its tallgrass prairie and 40 percent of its grassland bird populations since 1966. Popular Science, "Biden sets an ambitious goal to protect 30 percent of US lands and waters," 22 Feb. 2021 The National Audubon Society reports that grassland species are among the most imperiled birds in the United States. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID vaccinations, Maplewood development," 25 Jan. 2021 The program also requires that livestock be able to freely graze on open grassland, prohibits use of animal by-products or antibiotics in feed, forbids use of feedlots and includes monitoring for animal health and welfare. Jordan Strickler, Forbes, "Panorama Organic Is Teaming Up With The Audubon Society To Save Birds," 8 Apr. 2021 This gentle loop moves from pine forest through open grassland. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff to Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's most gorgeous drives. Here's how to do it," 9 Oct. 2020 Here, more than a million acres of private and state lands intermingle with the public lands, and this close relationship has brought out sharp contrasts in beliefs about how the grassland—and public lands in general—should be managed. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal," 5 Mar. 2021 The country has lost almost three quarters of its tallgrass prairie and 40 percent of its grassland bird populations since 1966. Popular Science, "Biden sets an ambitious goal to protect 30 percent of US lands and waters," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Grassland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grassland. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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