scrub·​land | \ ˈskrəb-ˌland \

Definition of scrubland

: land covered with scrub

Examples of scrubland in a Sentence

a large area of scrubland the scrublands of the American West

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Nineteen comuneros try to grow wheat and raise sheep and goats on 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of semi-arid scrubland. The Economist, "The feisty fog-catchers of Chile," 14 June 2018 There’s so little traffic that the surrounding scrubland is beginning to reclaim some of the parking lots. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018 The venomous but docile tarantula is native to Mexican deserts and scrublands, and is named after its red-orange leg joints. Amy Rankin, National Geographic, "A Tarantula Sheds Its Skin in New Time-Lapse Video," 16 May 2018 Some suggest relocating the Palestinians to distant scrubland. The Economist, "Syria is erasing the Palestinians’ largest refugee camp," 3 May 2018 As a result, the native, coastal habitat of the San Quintín kangaroo rat changed from coastal scrubland to fields of strawberries and hot houses full of tomatoes, the museum reports. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "This Kangaroo Rat Was Just Spotted For the First Time in 30 years," 1 May 2018 The last time anyone saw the San Quintin kangaroo rat was more than 30 years ago, in the arid scrublands of Baja California, Mexico. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Supposedly extinct kangaroo rat resurfaces after 30 years," 30 Apr. 2018 Sitting on a test stand, its exhaust pointed at an empty section of Utah scrubland, is a SR118 solid rocket motor. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "This Sound Used To Mean the End of the World," 4 Apr. 2018 In less than a generation, drought and fires in western North America could reshape some forests into dry scrublands, where only smaller, water-hardy, and fire-resistant trees thrive. Erica A. Langston, Outside Online, "In 20 Years, Wildfires Will Be Six Times Larger," 22 Mar. 2018

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1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrubland was in 1779

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English Language Learners Definition of scrubland

: land that is covered with small bushes and trees

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