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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As a bonus, many low-tech conservation actions (restoring forests, preserving grasslands, eating less meat) can reduce our carbon footprint as effectively as massive industrial changes. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 So have the number of homes built in the wildlife-urban interface, land inside or on the perimeters of once-remote forests, canyons, deserts and grasslands. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hot issue: as wildfires spread, so do private firefighting firms," 1 Sep. 2019 Globally, the amount of area burned declined by about 25% over the past two decades, largely because of savannas and grasslands being converted to agriculture, said James Randerson, an earth systems scientist at the University at California, Irvine. Washington Post, "Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon," 28 Aug. 2019 Researchers say that genes have typically been shared during cold and arid periods, as recently as 14,000 years ago, when African grasslands expanded. Fox News, "Rhino saved? Southern white rhino gives birth aided by artificial insemination," 1 Aug. 2019 Studies have estimated that grasslands store up to 30% of the world’s carbon that’s tied up in soil. Caroline Lehmann, Quartz Africa, "When tree planting actually damages ecosystems," 28 July 2019 The worst-case wildfire can travel through a coniferous forest at 6 mph or faster, and through dry grasslands at 14 mph., "Of small communities across 11 states, more than 500 have a higher wildfire hazard potential than Paradise, Calif.," 23 July 2019 This 550-mile meandering drive winds from the grasslands and canyons of North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park to the state’s southern twin and the buttes and spires of Badlands National Park. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Its shrubby grassland and Columbia River habitat supported mink and otters, threatened salmon and many other species. Fox News, "Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of grassland

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

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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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