savanna

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noun sa·van·na \sə-ˈva-nə\
variants: or less commonly

savannah

Definition of savanna

  1. 1 :  a treeless plain especially in Florida

  2. 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)

Origin and Etymology of savanna

Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana


First Known Use: 1555


SAVANNA Defined for English Language Learners

savanna

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noun sa·van·na \sə-ˈva-nə\

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

savanna

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noun sa·van·na \sə-ˈva-nə\
variants: also

savannah

\sə-ˈva-nə\

Definition of savanna for Students

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



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