wet·land | \ˈwet-ˌland, -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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Part of the property is heavily wooded and includes two ponds and wetlands. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Housing Development Proposed In Manchester Near Glastonbury Line," 12 July 2018 The species is an uncommon summer visitor to our area; a few individuals are found each year at ponds and wetlands. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "You’ll have no regrets in search for egrets – and herons, too," 11 July 2018 The property includes Oak Creek's south branch, which triggers a DNR review of how the development would affect that wetland. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Amazon considering a large Oak Creek distribution center, with over 1,000 full-time jobs," 10 July 2018 Robert McCracken, a physician in Sand Lake, New York, near the Massachusetts border, hopes to earn enough with Tentrr to cover the property taxes on his 80 acres (32 hectares) of forest, meadow and wetland. Fox News, "Rent a tent: Startup matches landowners with campers," 10 July 2018 The site spans a 1½-mile stretch of the Woonasquatucket River and includes a nine-acre peninsula, two ponds and forested wetland. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Stanley, Black & Decker Agrees To $100 Million Cleanup Of RI Superfund Site," 9 July 2018 As the Small Aral rises, delta and wetland areas are returning to the dry sea bed, and the harsh salinity of the lake is dropping. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Aral Sea Is Refilling for the First Time in Decades," 25 June 2018 Culverts were torn up and creeks and wetlands were restored. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees," 18 June 2018 The warehouse building would be built on one of the lots, while two other lots would be used for stormwater detention and a wetlands. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora council approves final part of West Corporate Center," 13 July 2018

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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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