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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The Everglades, a vast subtropical wetland, is unlike any other place on earth. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Officials are estimating about 20 barrels of oil were spilled into wetlands in Daisetta about 55 miles northeast of Houston. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "Crews clean up small oil spill in Liberty County," 3 July 2019 Boat motors are restricted to electric or gas with an 8-horsepower limit, and a large wetland attracts nesting waterfowl. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "These Arizona campgrounds will reserve your spot," 17 June 2019 Cross Plaza del Amo from the Nature Center and enter the gates of the marsh park, a natural vernal wetland that has been allowed to return to its native state thanks to the persistent efforts of the nonprofit Friends of Madrona Marsh. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "L.A. Walks: The path to a vibrant marsh in Torrance’s industrial core," 14 June 2019 The filing alleges pollutants from the factory seeped into storm sewers and found their way into a nearby wetland. Charles Selle, Lake County News-Sun, "Selle: Waukegan blast lawsuit a dud when compared to EtO risks," 10 June 2019 Lovely in any season, the refuge is laced with 7 miles of trails that wind through meadows, wetlands, and forest, and up the slopes of Lenox Mountain. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "After the show’s over, stay and explore," 27 June 2019 Today, less than 50% of the historical coastal wetlands in the Great Lakes basin still exist. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "The Great Lakes could be on the ‘edge of an invasion’ by a little-discussed species of Asian carp," 21 June 2019 In a serene, spongy wetland in Voyageurs National Park, a remote quilt of forests and lakes that blankets northern Minnesota, Tom Gable is investigating a violent slaying. Ben Goldfarb, National Geographic, "The secret lives of fish-eating, beaver-ambushing wolves of Minnesota," 21 June 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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