moor·​land | \ ˈmu̇r-lənd How to pronounce moorland (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web The street outside, littered with empty soda cans and plastic bags, transformed into some romantic Victorian moorland. Elisabeth Thomas,, "I Wrote A Gothic Novel — Now Life Feels Like It Is One," 12 May 2020 The ambitious plan calls for huge tunneling machines that will bore into the rich seams of fertilizer beneath the sea and moorland. Ronan Martin,, "A $4 Billion Mine Was Meant to Lift Northern England. Instead Locals Lost Big," 10 May 2020 But, particularly as one presses ever northward into the Scottish Highlands, the moorlands can also make for a challenging and sometimes perilous landscape. New York Times, "7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Developers have described the site as 815 acres of sweeping moorland and the peat bog on the peninsula of A'Mhoine, close to, bounding or within a range of environmental designations. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Virgin Orbit targets Mars, SpaceX to launch rideshares on time," 11 Oct. 2019 Underground suffering involved painful squeezes through tight, cold and wet passages: Putting on a frozen wet suit and marching across frozen Yorkshire moorland. Ben Santer, Scientific American, "Rock Climbing, Climate Science and Leadership," 16 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of moorland

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Moorland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of moorland

: land that consists of moors


moor·​land | \ ˈmu̇r-lənd How to pronounce moorland (audio) \

Kids Definition of moorland

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

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