grass·​land ˈgras-ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio)
: farmland occupied chiefly by forage plants and especially grasses
: land on which the natural dominant plant forms are grasses and forbs
: an ecological community in which the characteristic plants are grasses

Example Sentences

stunning pictures of the giraffes and zebras roaming the grasslands of Africa
Recent Examples on the Web Soaring views of the grasslands can be seen from the home. Mitchell Parton, Dallas News, 28 May 2023 To develop good pheasant habitat, Roseland converted much of his ranch into wild grassland (that the cows are kept off of), left tree belts intact and marshes undrained, and planted crops like milo, which is one of the grains found in commercial birdseed. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 1 Apr. 2021 The largest living land animal in Asia, Asian elephants once roamed the grasslands and rainforests that spanned the continent. Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 27 Apr. 2023 The railway passes through habitats from grassland to mangroves, and ecologists hope the rewilding will connect flora and fauna and promote greater species diversity. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2023 To curtail carbon dioxide emissions from wildfires, the plan calls for 1 million acres of forests, shrubland, grassland and other habitat to be treated with techniques such as prescribed burning by 2025. Tony Briscoestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 Although these areas comprise only 0.5-1.0% of the overall landscape, a disproportionately large percentage of all desert, shrub and grassland plants and animals depend on them. Jake Frederico, The Arizona Republic, 14 Nov. 2022 But more grassland acres will benefit eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks and many other species that also require this habitat and are also in decline. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 10 Nov. 2022 Visitors of Cape Hatteras, an ever-changing landscape with beach, dune, grassland, shrub thicket, maritime forest and salt marsh habitats, should not dig holes, officials said. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 8 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of grassland was in the 14th century

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“Grassland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


grass·​land -ˌland How to pronounce grassland (audio)
: land covered with herbs (as grasses and clover) rather than shrubs and trees

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