grassland

noun

grass·​land ˈgras-ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio)
1
: farmland occupied chiefly by forage plants and especially grasses
2
a
: 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 The Okavango Delta is a sprawling inland delta, and each winter, floodwaters from the Okavango River inundate some three million acres of grassland and desert. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2024 Outside the city, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is hosting a viewing party amid the cattail marshes and grasslands. Melissa Locker, TIME, 6 Apr. 2024 Rick Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute will discuss the habitats, such as oak woodland, grasslands, riparian and chaparral. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 This tiny carnivore is fierce and skilled at surviving where other creatures cannot —in dry grasslands and deserts. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 The findings in the report indicate that the rewilding of scrub and grassland, sequester and store large volumes of atmospheric CO2 over at least their first 20 years, with most carbon sequestration initially below ground in the soil. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Some hundreds of years after humans’ arrival, the island experienced a painful drop in biodiversity, and its carrying capacity plummeted as the native palm forests disappeared, replaced by grasslands. Daniel Lewis, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 The Panhandle is cattle country, and ranchers have been able to do little but watch as the grasslands that their livestock rely on for food have been burned. J. David Goodman, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The goals of the seed-planting effort include stabilizing the wet sediment, preventing nonnative weeds from taking hold, and accelerating the regrowth of grasslands, chaparral and forests. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Grassland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grassland. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

grassland

noun
grass·​land -ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio)
: land covered with herbs (as grasses and clover) rather than shrubs and trees

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