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

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Researchers want to introduce a moss that can clean arsenic from water to Swedish wetlands, which have been contaminated with arsenic from nearby iron mines. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "This Moss Naturally Clears Arsenic From Water," 22 Apr. 2018 Trek the dunes of Namibia, photo-safari in the wildlife-rich wetlands of Botswana, or watch the migrations of wildebeests, giraffes, and rhinos across Kenya. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Home builders cheered a Trump administration move in December to ease environmental regulations on development in wetlands. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "As EPA Eases Wetlands Rule, California Makes a Countermove," 2 Feb. 2019 Several of the famed ponies picked up the infection in their hooves and legs, likely after stepping in contaminated wetlands on Assateague Island. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "A Deadly 'Swamp Cancer' Has Killed Seven of the Famous Chincoteague Wild Ponies," 11 Jan. 2019 From their perch on high, Mr. Hare and Ms. Cardone took photos and discussed the best places for windows and decking to capture views of Moriches Bay, the surrounding wetlands and the Jessup Lane bridge. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "A Shipshape House in the Hamptons," 19 June 2018 Iconic locations such as the beach, the Bolsa Chica wetlands and Ruby’s Diner on the pier are featured in the game. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "Want a piece of Huntington Beach? New Monopoly-inspired board game lets you land on the iconic spots," 13 June 2018 Originally, eight eight-unit buildings (64 units) were proposed on the site but a wetland was discovered during the technical review process. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weston Meadows Apartments project moves ahead in Oconomowoc," 18 May 2018 Drivers endured detours in September while lanes were closed, to install giant culverts through the south Renton wetlands. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Renton’s freeway carpool lanes make a $197 million connection this week," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of wetland

1669, in the meaning defined above

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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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