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 His voice rose over the din of hundreds of sea gulls rising from the grassland across the river from our duck blind. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2021 In this area of the Chino Valley, groundwater once welled up and emerged in the flat grassland, forming an oasis. Ian James,, 6 Sep. 2021 To find out how an intruder might react, the researchers simulated rattlesnake rattles in a virtual reality grassland for 11 people who were instructed to stop once their avatar was within 1 meter of the virtual snake. Rachel Fritts, Science | AAAS, 19 Aug. 2021 These include dedicating 5% of land that is beneficial to biodiversity (ecological focus areas), diversifying crops to strengthen soils and maintaining permanent grassland to protect habitats and support carbon sequestration. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 The museum notes that the ornaments reflect an understanding of, and respect for, animals of the Steppe (a 5,000-mile expanse of grassland stretching from Hungary to Manchuria), as well as great technical skill. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Aug. 2021 The lessons of the prairie and other biomes, thus, are transferrable to the home garden, even if most residential landscapes will lack that key feature of the grassland — the horizon — and its sense of expansiveness. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The good news was that when 30% of the burnable landscape was actively managed to reduce fire risk with forest-thinning techniques and grassland restoration, the threat to homes fell by nearly half in the world of extreme wildfires. Bart Johnson, The Conversation, 6 Aug. 2021 As the mass of trees dwindle a large, gently rusted cubic sculpture nestled deeply into the grassland indicates that, yes, this is the place. Arkansas Online, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of grassland

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

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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