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wood·​land ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce woodland (audio)
: land covered with woody vegetation : timberland, forest
woodlander noun


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: growing, living, or existing in woodland
: of, relating to, or being woodland

Examples of woodland in a Sentence

Noun The swamp was surrounded by dense woodland. the house is perched atop a hill amid a stretch of dense woodland
Recent Examples on the Web
Altogether, the 16-acre spread, sequestered amid thick woodlands in the Water Mill area, comprises three parcels with a handful of ultra-modern structures designed by the vaunted Manhattan firm 1100 Architect. Mark David, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 Lost Mine Trail, which climbs steeply though the woodlands of the Chisos Mountains, is 4.8 miles round trip. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Other rooms, such as the jungle and woodlands, will focus on animals who live in those areas. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 The easy single-track meanders for a half-mile through wildflower meadows and mixed conifer woodlands before bumping into the Big Bang Trail, the turnaround point for this exploratory trip. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Kamb said sandflies are found in several southern states, and many parts of the U.S. have warm temperatures and woodland or forested areas that could support the insect populations. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 20 Oct. 2023 Designed by Declan Buckley from Buckley Design Associates, the outdoor space is best described as an enchanted forest or magical woodland. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2023 One of the region’s most significant remaining farmland and forest properties, the land includes extensive woodlands and panoramic hay meadows. Troy McMullen, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 Sky Meadows State Park Delaplane, Virginia This 1,860-acre state park has panoramic views and woodlands, access to the Appalachian Trail, and a historic farm. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 Sep. 2023
In a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology, researchers have shown how woodland expansion also takes an economic toll. WIRED, 23 Nov. 2022 Based on the insects’ habitat and preferred food, and pollen also retrieved from the sample, the site may have been woodland, with large herbivores present — one of the beetle species found fed on their dung. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2019 Colonial Day 2022 featured food provided by the American Legion, a woodland Native people village, a blacksmith shop, a meeting/schoolhouse, basketmaking demos, woodworking demos, a tin smith, a potter, soldier re-enactors, a Colonial home, timber framing demos, farming demos, and more. Melanie Savage, Hartford Courant, 28 Sep. 2022 Carrier Group LLC wants to build one-family houses on part of an 87-acre property that’s largely woodland and marsh. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 22 July 2022 Cathy Graham drew upon her love of nature and woodland creatures to create this table setting, which is part of her Woodland Collection with Christopher Spitzmiller. Sofia Quintero, ELLE Decor, 18 Jan. 2023 Not only is the growing season there exceedingly short, and therefore unusually profuse — lots of things bloom simultaneously — but about half the property is woodland, bordering a 6,000-acre nature preserve. Nancy Hass Ngoc Minh Ngo, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The federal government has essentially ordered a woodland haircut, removing roughly 90 percent of the trees in target locations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2023 The dragon, who was flying overhead, opted to finish behind its woodland friend, blowing a heavy gust of wind to help send the rabbit across the finish line. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 20 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of woodland was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Woodland.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodland. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
wood·​land ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce woodland (audio)
: land covered with trees and shrubs : forest


2 of 2 adjective
: growing, living, or occurring in woodland
a woodland bird
: of, relating to, or made up of woodland
woodland areas

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Wood·​land ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce Woodland (audio)
city in western California northwest of Sacramento population 55,468

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