scrub·​land | \ ˈskrəb-ˌland How to pronounce scrubland (audio) \

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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At a spring in the scrubland on the southern fringes of Harare, the water this week had slowed to a trickle, forcing residents to wait for about three hours to fill their buckets. New York Times, "In Zimbabwe, the Water Taps Run Dry and Worsen ‘a Nightmare’," 31 July 2019 Situated approximately 30 minutes outside the village of St Remy, the Abbey de Pierredon is located on a mountaintop aerie in middle of 600 acres of forest and scrubland. Peter Mikelbank,, "Royal Wedding Take 2! Princess Grace's Granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi Weds in Second Ceremony," 29 June 2019 The scrublands of Castro Valley and Fremont glowed bright orange. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Epic Bay Area sunset: 15 great Instagram shots of Thursday night’s colors," 28 June 2019 When workers first dug into the rusty dirt beneath the scrublands of Australia’s Tanami Desert to mine for gold in 2002, mining executives saw dollar signs. Quanta Magazine, "A Domesticated Dingo? No, but Some Are Getting Less Wild," 23 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of scrubland

1779, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scrubland

: land that is covered with small bushes and trees

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