sa·​van·​na | \sə-ˈva-nə \
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)

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And at Ti’s al Ghadah, those ratios suggest an environment very similar to a humid savanna. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 At 110 acres, the safari grounds that are meant to transport guests to an African savanna make up the largest attraction in any Disney theme park in the world. Bruce Pecho,, "20 things you may not know about Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which turns 20 on Earth Day," 17 Apr. 2018 Oak savanna is now one of the rarest ecosystems on our planet. New York Times, "Setting Fires and Restoring an American Landscape," 23 Apr. 2018 Baobabs stud southern Africa’s hot, dry stretches of savanna and are often in areas roamed by elephants, rhinos and other wildlife. Washington Post, "Africa’s iconic baobab trees dying off at alarming rate," 13 July 2018 Restoration work also centered on an overland-flow bioswale, along with savanna and prairie communities on the site. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "The natural and historic charms at Fort Sheridan open to public again," 3 July 2018 In a mock takedown, recruits were slinking through the savanna carrying automatic weapons before pouncing on a poacher and arresting him. National Geographic, "As Tigers Become Rarer, Poachers Are Targeting Lions," 1 June 2018 There is a $6 per car parking fee charged until 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed from 1-3 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 18 to help preserve and restore the black oak savanna and wetland complexes in Miller Woods. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 11 July 2018 Soft boundaries linked prairie, savanna, shrubland, forest and marsh. New York Times, "Setting Fires and Restoring an American Landscape," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of savanna

: a large flat area of land with grass and very few trees especially in Africa and South America


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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