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
Recent Examples on the Web Just last week, while volunteers were hurriedly preparing the island trails in mid-July heat, a cool Atlantic fog suddenly rolled in, dropping temperatures dramatically, while shrouding scrubland pine. Peter Mikelbank,, "Private Island Off Cape Cod Opens to Public for the First Time in 300 Years," 29 July 2020 Sixteen years after construction crews broke ground, the terminal—largely completed in 2012—is gathering dust in the flat scrubland southeast of Luanda. Alonso Soto,, "The Ticking Debt Bomb in Africa Threatens a Global Explosion," 17 June 2020 In a matter of months, SpaceX built what is essentially a rocket factory in tents in the dusty scrubland along the Texas-Mexico border, hard by the Rio Grande River. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Starship chilled. Starship pressurized. And for the first time, it didn’t explode," 27 Apr. 2020 The muddled administration policy comes at a time when skyrocketing waves of terrorism and violence have seized Africa’s Sahel region, a vast sub-Saharan scrubland that stretches from Senegal to Sudan, and is threatening to spread. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Terrorism Threat in West Africa Soars as U.S. Weighs Troop Cuts," 27 Feb. 2020 The camp consists of hundreds of tents clustered together on a spit of sidewalk and a stretch of scrubland along the Rio Grande. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "In squalid Mexico tent city, asylum seekers are growing so desperate they're sending their children over the border alone," 22 Nov. 2019 Giles Clarke Niger sits at the center of the Sahel, the vast dry shore of scrubland that separates the plains and jungles of Central Africa from the dune seas of the Sahara Desert. Nicolas Niarchos, Time, "Boko Haram Refugees Find Safety in Niger. But How Long Can the Country Remain a Safe Haven in the Sahel?," 30 Jan. 2020 The story behind Alejandra Redo’s ranch house, perched on a hill beneath the endless sky of northern Mexico’s rolling scrubland, begins with a poker game. Elisabeth Malkin, ELLE Decor, "See Inside an Idyllic Retreat in Northern Mexico," 18 Dec. 2019 Bureau of Land Management Route 9003 swerves away from the busy parking area through what initially looks like a not-too-interesting swath of scrubland. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Don't be put off by the burn scar. This Agua Fria River overlook hike is well worth it," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of scrubland

1779, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scrubland was in 1779

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3 Aug 2020

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“Scrubland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scrubland

: land that is covered with small bushes and trees

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