grass·​land | \ ˈgras-ˌland \

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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stunning pictures of the giraffes and zebras roaming the grasslands of Africa

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The landscape further east along the river transitions to grasslands and flat, open vistas dotted with wheat fields — where the fire was burning Wednesday. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "1 dead as latest fire portends explosive Northwest season," 19 July 2018 As herbivores disappeared, trees encroached into the park’s formerly open grasslands, and predators became virtually nonexistent. Rachel Nuwer, New York Times, "War’s Other Victims: Animals," 12 Jan. 2018 Wide river valleys meander through the plains, grasslands, woodland and forest. Julian Harrison, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Africa," 5 Oct. 2016 During these times, the Loess Plateau would have been a temperate grassland crossed by streams and dotted with small lakes, offering rich grazing for horses, rhinos, deer, elephants, and ancient relatives of cattle. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago," 11 July 2018 The event was held in front of a scorched grassland at the end of Bothwell Drive in the Vineyard community. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "Task force cracks down on illegal fireworks in Sacramento region," 28 June 2018 Life on the sprawling grasslands precipitated a shift from individualistic ways of living to more cooperative ways. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why humans evolved into such good bullshitters," 6 Dec. 2018 Following years of drought and a summer of record-breaking heat, immense tracts of forests, chaparral and grasslands have become tinder that allows even a small spark to explode into a devouring blaze, authorities said. Fox News, "Back to rubble, some 'lost everything' in California fire," 2 Aug. 2018 The environment had already been in the process of a slow shift toward more arid grasslands, but around the start of the Middle Stone Age, the climate started swinging back and forth from wet to arid without much warning. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Unstable climate forced early humans to be more social and creative," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of grassland

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of grassland

: land covered with herbs (as grass and clover) rather than shrubs and trees

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