moor·​land | \-lənd, -ˌland\

Definition of moorland 

: land consisting of moors : a stretch of moor

Examples of moorland in a Sentence

an area of open moorland We hiked across the moorlands.

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More from Mansion Buyers who dream of a remote moorland farmhouse could consider Hill Top Farm, a picturesque property 3 miles outside of Harrogate, listed with Carter Jonas with a guide price of $4.2 million. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Young Families Embrace Living in ‘Wuthering Heights Country’," 9 Aug. 2018 Cheers to Sharon Bolton for the clever opening scene in DEAD WOMAN WALKING (Minotaur, $25.99), which takes place in a hot-air balloon flying over the moorlands of England’s far north. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Bad Neighbors, Bad Husbands and Very Bad Behavior," 13 Sep. 2017 For the first time, a scientist has observed that female moorland hawker dragonflies freeze mid-air, crash to the ground, and lie motionless when faced with aggressive males. Sandhya Sekar, National Geographic, "Why Female Dragonflies Go to Extreme Lengths to Avoid Sex," 1 May 2017 When summer arrives in the Swiss Alps, male moorland hawker dragonflies line up near ponds, waiting to pounce on potential mates. Sandhya Sekar, National Geographic, "Why Female Dragonflies Go to Extreme Lengths to Avoid Sex," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of moorland

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of moorland

: land that consists of moors


moor·​land | \ˈmu̇r-lənd \

Kids Definition of moorland

: land consisting of ground that is too wet or too poor for farming

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