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 undergrowthb : a temperate grassland with scattered trees (such as oaks)
Recent Examples of savanna from the Web
The state natural area is rustic, with rough social paths and old service roads weaving through prairie and oak savanna to the top of Maiden Rock.
Lion Country Safari was recently ranked as one of the 10 best savanna exhibits in world by Zoo Nation in a list that includes the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in California and the Harambe Wildlife Preserve at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.
Guests receive a three-night stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with views of the savanna, a V.I.P. visit to Pandora including a private guide, and a three-day ticket to all Disney parks.
As recently as the 1850s, the Willamette Valley was filled with lush oak savanna.
Today, the savannas are virtually gone, a casualty of American industriousness and prosperity.
Oak trees were the dominant species, often thriving in savannas, open vista landscapes punctuated with tall, sprawling, majestic trees.
Hatred is part of the connective tissue of human evolution, stretching from the savannas of east Africa to the streets of Manchester.
The Kilimanjaro Safaris drops guests in the middle of the park’s wildlife refuge, which doubles as an East African savanna.
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Origin and Etymology of savanna
Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
SAVANNA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of savanna for English Language Learners
: a large flat area of land with grass and very few trees especially in Africa and South America
SAVANNA Defined for Kids
Definition of savanna for Students
: land of warm regions (as Africa) that is covered with grass and only a few shrubs and trees
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