wetland

noun
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 There are four large maple trees and a section of wetland on the Connecticut property, as well as a family of wild turkeys, who frequently visit the star and her dog, Tootsie. Morgan Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Grace and Frankie Star Marsha Mason Shows Off Her New Art-Filled Connecticut Home," 17 Sep. 2020 Pressure from international investors and companies this summer pushed the Brazilian President to issue a 120-day moratorium on July 15, banning fires in the Amazon and in the Pantanal, which is the world´s largest wetland area. CNN, "Tens of thousands of fires are pushing the Amazon to a tipping point," 10 Sep. 2020 The lake/wetland is enclosed by a post-and-wire fence to protect the sensitive environment. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, "Wildlife hike: You could see pronghorns on this trail near Flagstaff. Here's how to do it," 5 Sep. 2020 To restore such connections, the team proposed re-creating the kind of languid wetland that Walter and Merritts believed had once existed on the spot. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A secret hidden in centuries-old mud revealed a new way to save polluted rivers," 18 Aug. 2020 But Blink said the market prices of oil and shrimp have a more immediate impact on migration decisions than the square footage of remaining wetland. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "Louisiana’s population is already moving to escape climate catastrophe," 1 Sep. 2020 That totals 3,285 acres of wetland, roughly 364 acres of open waters, and 185 miles of streams, according to the Army Corps letter. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Alaska gold mine CEO insists Trump isn’t blocking project despite conservative opposition," 24 Aug. 2020 In it, researchers found seeds that provided an archive of the wetland plants that had once grown along the stream. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A secret hidden in centuries-old mud revealed a new way to save polluted rivers," 18 Aug. 2020 The sanctuary is located in the Pantanal, the world's largest tropical wetland area, which stretches across two states in Brazil, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. Eduardo Duwe And Marcia Reverdosa, CNN, "Fires destroy home of one of the world's rarest birds in Brazil," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Wetland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wetland. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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wetland

noun
How to pronounce wetland (audio)

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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