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 Above the fence is grassland where cattle can be spotted grazing in the distance. J.k. Dineen,, "Environmentalists use wildfire danger as new weapon against housing development," 19 Oct. 2020 The air taxi drops us off in a sprawling tidal grassland to the south of Chenik. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "For this family, keeping Alaska wild and pristine is a decades-long mission," 25 Sep. 2020 His truck, loaded with coolers full of blood, bounces down a crumbling highway that is flanked by open grassland. Lois Parshley, Scientific American, "How Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Predict Outbreaks," 1 May 2018 The sanctuary is a coastal bluff overlooking the ocean containing redwood forest, open woodland, coastal scrub and grassland, according to its website. James Rogers, Fox News, "California wildfire destroys endangered condor sanctuary," 26 Aug. 2020 In 2000, China deployed thousands of ducks and chickens to Xinjiang, where another locust swarm had laid waste to more than nine million acres of agricultural plots and grassland, reports Kate Ng of the Independent. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Is a Duck Army Coming for Pakistan’s Locusts? Not So Fast," 28 Feb. 2020 But last year Mary Firestone of the University of California, Berkeley, and her colleagues used metagenomics to count 3,884 new viral species in a patch of Californian grassland. The Economist, "The viral universe Viruses have big impacts on ecology and evolution as well as human health," 20 Aug. 2020 After 8,000 linear feet of the Black River was restored in 2002, the grassland on the property was used for grazing by a local farmer. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County’s Bluebell Valley Nature Preserve to open in early October," 16 Aug. 2020 Pine forests around Yellowstone may also turn into permanent grassland. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Australia’s Wilderness Is Recovering From Wildfires," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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24 Oct 2020

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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