scrubland

noun

scrub·​land ˈskrəb-ˌland How to pronounce scrubland (audio)
: land covered with scrub

Example Sentences

a large area of scrubland the scrublands of the American West
Recent Examples on the Web Unwitting atomic victims were created moments later, as fallout reached the sparsely populated scrubland around the site, contaminating the environment, food, and water supplies with radiation. Kelsey D. Atherton, The Atlantic, 18 Nov. 2022 Authorities did not immediately explain how the disaster happened in the rural scrubland near a railway bridge. Nasser Karimi, USA TODAY, 8 June 2022 Only a small plaque in the scrubland commemorates the dozens of Aboriginal people who were slaughtered here. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 In 2015, these iconic Nevada horizons of long mountain chains separated by sprawling scrubland valleys were preserved for posterity. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Multiple habitats converge here, including San Joaquin Valley scrubland, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, certain peaks of the Tehachapi Mountains, and the edge of the Mojave Desert. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 3 May 2022 Sometime around 2018, a teenager in a blazer and bluejeans stood in desert scrubland near Las Vegas and made a pitch for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to use an army of drones equipped with electroshock weapons. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 Head south on State Route 83 amid cactus and mesquite scrubland. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Plains are open areas that are mostly treeless and studded with scrubland and shrub. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scrubland was in 1779

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“Scrubland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrubland. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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scrubland

noun
scrub·​land ˈskrəb-ˌland How to pronounce scrubland (audio)
: land covered with scrub
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