shrub·​land | \ ˈshrəb-ˌland How to pronounce shrubland (audio) , especially Southern ˈsrəb-\

Definition of shrubland

: land on which shrubs are the dominant vegetation

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In the dry shrubland around the shores of the ancient lake where MRD lived and died, nearly everything edible would also have been tough enough to make chewing serious work. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early hominin skull fills in “a major gap” in the fossil record," 29 Aug. 2019 At the time the creature lived, the area was largely dry shrubland with some trees. Malcolm Ritter, Los Angeles Times, "3.8-million-year-old fossil reveals face of Lucy’s ancestors," 28 Aug. 2019 At the time the creature lived, the area was largely dry shrubland with some trees. NBC News, "New fossil reveals face of 'Lucy' ancestor who lived almost 4 million years ago," 28 Aug. 2019 At the time the creature lived, the area was largely dry shrubland with some trees. Washington Post, "Ethiopian fossil reveals face for ancestor of famed ‘Lucy’," 28 Aug. 2019 One study found that in grasslands, shrublands and cropland worldwide where forests were created, streams shrank by 52% and 13% of all streams dried up completely for at least a year. Caroline Lehmann, Quartz Africa, "When tree planting actually damages ecosystems," 28 July 2019 The Nubian Ibex’s natural habitat includes shrubland, desert and rocky areas such as mountains and cliffs, according to the IUCN. Fox News, "Spot the mountain goats: Cool photo captures camouflaged Ibex herd in Israel's Negev desert," 24 July 2019 In the fall, many California fires occur in coastal shrublands and are driven by extreme wind events, such as the Santa Ana and Diablo winds. Jordan Evans, Cnn And Brandon Miller, CNN, "Climate change driving growth of California wildfires, study says," 16 July 2019 From the shrublands to the subalpine forests, fire—an integral part of any healthy landscape—is now acting as an adaptation catalyst that’s rapidly reshaping entire ecosystems. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of shrubland

1903, in the meaning defined above

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