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

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 Dixie Valley toads live solely in a 760-acre wetland complex fed by hot springs north of Fallon, Nevada, per the USFWS. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Apr. 2022 This all-purpose trail links the recreation area surrounding the Engle Road sledding hill to the Lake-to-Lake Trail, which features the largest glacial pothole wetland complex left in Cuyahoga County. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 6 Jan. 2022 The storm exposed the increasing dangers posed by climate change to the millions of people living in the low-lying Sundarbans, thousands of square miles of wetland jutting into the Bay of Bengal. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 Sea level rise will also damage sensitive wetland ecosystems and increase erosion. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2022 An estimated 40% of the original wetland has been diked, drained or destroyed. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 The draft master plan also identifies Grand Caribe Isle South in the Silver Strand subdistrict as a future wetland habitat. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Dec. 2021 Lower Klamath has been plagued by insufficient wetland habitat due to a lack of deliveries from the Klamath Project for the past 20 years. oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2021 Funds generated from stamp sales are used to protect waterfowl and wetland habitat in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wetland

1669, in the meaning defined above

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“Wetland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetland. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of wetland

: a wet area of land (as a marsh or swamp) having soil filled with or covered by water all or part of the year
Hint: Wetland is usually used in the plural form wetlands.

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