moor·​land ˈmu̇r-lənd How to pronounce moorland (audio)
: land consisting of moors : a stretch of moor

Examples of moorland in a Sentence

an area of open moorland We hiked across the moorlands.
Recent Examples on the Web The park is a stretch of thriving green valleys and peat bogs, and close-cropped moorland that attracts shooting parties in the autumn. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2023 Not nice moorland, with heather and glinting rocks, just dirty-brown moorland. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 On the other side of the A65 lies a stretch of moorland between Beamsley Beacon, where a Lancaster bomber crashed a few months after the end of World War II, killing four of its Canadian air crew, and Round Hill, so bluntly named yet no rounder than any other hill. Rose George, The New York Review of Books, 10 Apr. 2020 The only day of storms kicked up during a tour of the moorland surrounding the estate. Jo Rodgers, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Feb. 2023 The senses are heightened as these pitch perfect aromas in turn reveal a deeper moorland base-note, rich in heather pollen and freshly crushed herbs. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Fragrant notes of scented candlewax dance with smoke and moorland flowers, leading to a smooth waxy texture that is sweet and lightly smoky. Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 Nearby, though not quite within view, there was open moorland. Graham Swift, The New Yorker, 14 Nov. 2022 Their site, Waun Mawn, is a bleak moorland a few miles from Craig Rhos-y-felin and Carn Goedog; one stone stands there today, next to three lying on their sides. Simon Akam, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moorland was before the 12th century

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“Moorland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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moor·​land ˈmu̇(ə)r-lənd How to pronounce moorland (audio)
: land consisting of moors

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