shrub·​land ˈshrəb-ˌland How to pronounce shrubland (audio)
 especially Southern  ˈsrəb-
: land on which shrubs are the dominant vegetation

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Since 1982, researchers at this arid, semi-arid site have studied dramatic changes in vegetation, as perennial grasslands give way to shrubland in a process known as desertification. Discover Magazine, 2 June 2017 To curtail carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires, the plan calls for 1 million acres of forests, shrubland, grassland and other habitat to be treated with techniques such as prescribed burning by 2025. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 How this shrubland bounces back from the fire will likely impact mountain lions’ survival. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Oct. 2022 Instead, Greenville will be a hotter, drier, harsher place — one where the canopy of evergreens that once shaded its quaint downtown may never regrow, replaced instead by highly flammable shrubland. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 By some estimates, the state has gone from just 20 percent forested at its agricultural peak to 80 percent forested (or at least semi-developed woods and shrubland). Billy Baker,, 25 Sep. 2022 State Route 211 traverses rolling desert shrubland in Southeast Utah, passing rust and buff-colored sandstone domes and the foothills of the Abajo Mountains before winding down into the Indian Creek valley. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 This region is part of the Rio São Francisco drainage basin and is located within a semi-arid tropical shrubland and thorn forest, known as the caatinga, that covers around 10% of Brazil (olive green patch on Figure 1). Grrlscientist, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Keep in mind that disease-carrying ticks can inhabit coastal shrubland near beaches, not just dense forests, Lane said. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shrubland was in 1903

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“Shrubland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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