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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Adults are generally 3-4 feet long. They can be found in nearly all habitats — forests, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and even the desert. Rebecca Jepsen, The Mercury News, "Love ’em or hate ’em, snakes are good for your garden," 12 June 2019 Geographically speaking, southern Louisiana is greatly threatened by climate change impacts from flooding and intensified hurricanes, and the wetlands that the BBP could potentially destroy are vital sponges for floodwaters. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 2018 Other environmentalists warn that the vital wetlands used by migratory birds will be destroyed. New York Times, "A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree," 21 June 2018 The wetlands are extensive, running as a series of sloughs east and west of Pike’s. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Willow flycatchers are maddingly difficult to identify in the field," 13 June 2018 At the design stage, then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the October Island wetland was too costly and challenging a site and pushed for a major rebuild of Kaliningrad's existing Baltika Stadium. Fox News, "World Cup has divisive legacy for Russia's environment," 12 June 2018 Every time a subdivision is built, the wetland is filled in. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Will County forest officials secretly preserve rare orchid," 6 June 2018 The wetlands are in the federal Wetland Reserve Program. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Pine Township wetlands need culvert, berm repairs to survive," 4 June 2018 About 15 homes are boxed in by the highway, a railroad crossing and the vast wetlands on the Cromwell line. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Isolated Middletown Neighborhood Sees Hope In Route 9 Plans," 25 May 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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