wet·​land | \ ˈwet-ˌland How to pronounce wetland (audio) , -lənd \

Definition of wetland

: land or areas (such as marshes or swamps) that are covered often intermittently with shallow water or have soil saturated with moisture usually used in plural

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Examples of wetland in a Sentence

the conservation board has not always been rigorous in protecting the wetlands from development
Recent Examples on the Web The bank then uses the money to build large wetland habitats around the state. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "'Last line of defense': New bill would strip protections for many of Indiana's wetlands," 26 Jan. 2021 And one of the youngsters fell into the shallow wetland surrounding the nest tree. Val Cunningham Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Couple had a front row seat watching barred owlets grow up," 12 Jan. 2021 In the temporary absence of international watchdogs and local enforcement, South America's Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland, has burned like never before. Jordan Salama, Scientific American, "Earth Is on Fire," 1 Jan. 2021 Because ecosystems are interconnected, the well-being of the wetland is at the mercy of the booming agriculture in the surrounding highlands. Scott Reinhard, New York Times, "The World’s Largest Tropical Wetland Has Become an Inferno," 13 Oct. 2020 At the same time, managers must continue to enhance and expand the state's wetland habitats, which ultimately will improve Minnesota duck hunting. Star Tribune, "DNR's proposed duck rule changes run afoul of reality," 16 Jan. 2021 The Great Salt Lake and its surrounding wetland habitats are part of an important network of saline lake ecosystems that millions of birds depend on, according to Marcelle Shoop, director of Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "This gift means the Great Salt Lake’s bird sanctuary is now larger and better protected," 26 Dec. 2020 Fall is a great time to go bird watching in the Willamette Valley, as waterfowl gather and settle down for the season in the many wetland habitats throughout the region. oregonlive, "12 perfect Oregon day hikes for a clear December day," 3 Dec. 2020 Conservation groups criticized the plan as rushed and lacking protections, particularly for a wetland area known for its birds and caribou habitat. Becky Bohrer, USA TODAY, "Alaska judge sides with Trump administration, allows first oil and gas lease sale in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," 6 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of wetland

1669, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wetland was in 1669

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18 Feb 2021

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“Wetland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetland. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wetland

: an area of land (such as a marsh or swamp) that is covered with shallow water

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