savanna

noun sa·van·na \ sə-ˈva-nə \
variants: or less commonly savannah
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of savanna

1 : a treeless plain especially in Florida
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of savanna

Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana

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SAVANNA Defined for English Language Learners

savanna

noun

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

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

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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