wood·​land | \ ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce woodland (audio) , -ˌland \

Definition of woodland

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: land covered with woody vegetation : timberland, forest



Definition of woodland (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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Wood·​land | \ ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce Woodland (audio) \

Definition of Woodland (Entry 3 of 3)

city in western California northwest of Sacramento population 55,468

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woodlander \ ˈwu̇d-​lən-​dər How to pronounce woodlander (audio) , -​ˌlan-​ \ noun

Synonyms for woodland

Synonyms: Noun

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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: Noun The district requires open space boundaries with a natural feature marking such as hedgerows, edges of woodlands, streams or trees, when possible. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It will be a very sought-after area': New housing Menomnee Falls development proposed for the Schmitz farm," 24 Dec. 2019 The City Council has approved a donation of 65 acres of woodlands in South Hills that is set to become a new recreation area with trails and other activities. USA TODAY, "Utility bill Santa, return of Ceres, Zion path secured: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 2019 This program is ideally suited for landowners who have never had a forest management plan and own more than 10 acres of woodlands. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "TLGV And Partners Launch Latest Phase In $6 Million Forest Grant Program," 29 Oct. 2019 Eight thousand hectares of woodlands were cleared by 2011, about 70% of Cherán’s total forested territory. Michael Snyder, Los Angeles Times, "An indigenous community in Mexico finds its voice — and strength — in wild mushrooms," 7 Oct. 2019 This multifaceted gem traces the north flanks of 9,018-foot Little Elden Mountain through a mix of mixed-conifer woodlands, aspen glens, sunny meadows and a variety of blooming plant communities. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019 These shows are characterized by swooping aerial images of vast woodlands, after which the camera, pursued by strings, drums or an increasingly agitated bassoon, burrows down to find some spooking, singular image. Mary Mcnamara, latimes.com, "Finished Netflix’s ‘Dark.’ What’s the German word for ‘pissed’?," 12 July 2019 And finally, many sources, including Aveela, say that a variation of kikimoras live in swamps and are married to Leshys, a Slavic woodland spirit. Time, "The Witcher Borrows Heavily From European Folklore. Here Are the Myths That Inspired the Netflix Show's Monsters," 20 Dec. 2019 Now, some innovators have come up with a new way to clear and renew America's woodlands. CBS News, "Innovators have come up with a way to clear forests without setting fires," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of woodland


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Woodland.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woodland?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=woodla01. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of woodland

: land covered with trees and bushes


wood·​land | \ ˈwu̇d-lənd How to pronounce woodland (audio) , -ˌland \

Kids Definition of woodland

: land covered with trees and shrubs : forest

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