swamp·​land | \ ˈswämp-ˌland How to pronounce swampland (audio) , ˈswȯmp-\

Definition of swampland

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Synonyms for swampland


bog, fen, marsh, marshland, mire, moor, morass, muskeg, slough (also slew), swamp, wash, wetland

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Examples of swampland in a Sentence

attempting to build on swampland the ecology of the coastal swamplands

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For history buffs, HistoryMiami gives an amazing overview of how the city went from swampland to tourist destination, while Vizcaya Museum and Gardens gives visitors a taste of Miami in its earliest days, with a side of old-world European charm. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Miami," 27 Feb. 2018 The basin in Louisiana is the country’s largest continuous swampland, but decades of oil and gas pipeline construction have left much of the water deoxygenated or filled with sediment and spoil that blocks the natural flow of the swamp water. Vaughn Hillyard /, NBC News, "Louisiana fisherman wait for help from Trump administration," 23 June 2018 After a night fending off swarms of mosquitoes in swamplands near the river, [Mauricio Posadas] and his son were caught by the Border Patrol [last month]. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 Natalie Portman stars as one of the female scientists who wander into a swatch of Florida swampland that’s been turned otherworldly courtesy of a mysterious alien force. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best movies of 2018 (so far), ranked," 21 June 2018 Beneath its artificial shine lies dark, primeval swampland; a gulf divides the seen from the unseen. The Economist, "Lauren Groff’s short stories pulse with hidden malevolence," 21 June 2018 As monsoon rains bare down on sprawling Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, the U.N. warns that some 200,000 refugees sheltering on the swampland are at risk from landslides and flooding. Laignee Barron, Time, "Landslides and Flooding Threaten 200,000 Rohingya Refugees as Monsoon Rains Lash Into Bangladesh Camps," 15 June 2018 Known for building the Broad Causeway and developing Bay Harbor Islands from swampland of mud and mangroves, Broad played a small yet crucial role in the founding of the State of Israel. Yardena Schwartz, miamiherald, "Miami's multicultural Jewish community returns to its roots in mission trip to Israel | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018 There was just one problem: Under Louisiana state law, any waterways that are accessible by boat are supposed to be public property, argued Carpenter—even what was previously unnavigable swampland. Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg.com, "The Fighting Has Begun Over Who Owns Land Drowned by Climate Change," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of swampland

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of swampland was in 1662

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English Language Learners Definition of swampland

: wet land that is partly covered with water

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