sa·​van·​na | \ sə-ˈva-nə How to pronounce savanna (audio) \
variants: or less commonly savannah

Definition of savanna

1 : a treeless plain especially in Florida
2a : a tropical or subtropical grassland (as of eastern Africa or northern South America) containing scattered trees and drought-resistant undergrowth
b : a temperate grassland with scattered trees (such as oaks)

Examples of savanna in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those interested in helping plant 50 trees in Peck Farm Park’s oak savanna at part of the celebration of Earth Day, advance registration is required through the Geneva Park District. Beacon-news Staff,, 8 Apr. 2022 In Kenya and Brazil, rows of eucalyptus grow on land that was once ecologically rich forest and savanna. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 Satellites spot troubling signals that may portend a transformation from rainforest to savanna, with profound implications for the planet. Matt Simon, Wired, 7 Mar. 2022 The dark, dense, damp tropical rainforest will give way to a more open savanna. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 And out by Grand Ronde’s reservation, the Nature Conservancy has returned to the tribe over 600 acres of land, which holds some of the last remaining white oak savanna in the region. Brian Oaster, oregonlive, 13 Nov. 2021 The expedition, or dzomori, leaves Ripá for a day of collecting native seeds on the savanna of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 If much more is lost, scientists warn, the forest could suffer destabilizing ecological changes that convert immense swaths into degraded open savanna. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 With enough time and forest losses, scientists say, large swaths of the Amazon could fall into an unstoppable spiral that would transform them from lush rainforest into grassy savanna. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of savanna

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for savanna

Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana

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7 May 2022

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“Savanna.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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variants: also savannah \ sə-​ˈva-​nə \

Kids Definition of savanna

: land of warm regions (as Africa) that is covered with grass and only a few shrubs and trees

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