scrubland

noun

scrub·​land ˈskrəb-ˌland How to pronounce scrubland (audio)
: 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 The waters eventually receded, but somehow the pupfish found a refuge in the vast expanse of scrubland and sand. Alexander Nazaryan, New York Times, 9 May 2024 In 1980 the city of Grand Rapids, Mich., hired him to create an artwork for a new flood wall along a 600-foot stretch of dirt and scrubland. Clay Risen, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Such projects can and often are placed on old landfill properties, but these are still more expensive than farmland or scrubland. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2024 Al-Hol was created decades ago, in a stretch of scrubland about ten miles west of the Iraqi border, as a haven for refugees. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Outside Delta, a one-stoplight town in the scrublands of central Utah, a giant battery is taking shape underground. Henry Fountain Nina Riggio, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 In some New Jersey scrubland, two telegraph poles interrupt a low skyline whose only attraction is a big red Coca-Cola sign in the distance. Vince Aletti, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024 The nods to classic Westerns are immediately obvious to those with even a passing acquaintance with the genre: a lone figure framed in a doorway, shot from behind, looking out onto a landscape of flat scrublands; the casual violence meted out to the amoral inhabitants of this stark world. Nick Holdsworth, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 About 48 percent of the land sited for photovoltaic projects and 43 percent of the land for concentrating solar power (CSP) projects were on shrub or scrublands. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Oct. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1779, in the meaning defined above

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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 14 Jun. 2024.

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scrubland

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