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grassland

[gras-land, grahs-] /ˈgræsˌlænd, ˈgrɑs-/
noun
1.
an area, as a prairie, in which the natural vegetation consists largely of perennial grasses, characteristic of subhumid and semiarid climates.
2.
land with grass growing on it, especially farmland used for grazing or pasture.
Origin of grassland
1675-1685
An Americanism dating back to 1675-85; grass + land
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  • Tranquil Meadows, a fine area of grassland, is just south of the Bar-O.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • Beyond the wood, which stood on a ridge, there was a stretch of grassland.

    Learning to Fly Claude Grahame-White
  • At the lower edge of the grassland, only the shady slopes are forested (Fig. 53B).

  • Locally, as in damp hollows or cleared areas, there is grassland.

  • But there were the claims of the Happy Family and all the grassland east of there which must be saved.

  • Let us note next the particular conditions which favour woodland, grassland and desert respectively.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
  • Again, the soil is of minor importance, for different types of forest and of grassland occur on different types of soils.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
British Dictionary definitions for grassland

grassland

/ˈɡrɑːsˌlænd/
noun
1.
land, such as a prairie, on which grass predominates
2.
land reserved for natural grass pasture
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Word Origin and History for grassland
n.

1680s, from grass + land (n.).

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grassland in Science
grassland
  (grās'lānd')   
An area that is dominated by grass or grasslike vegetation. Moderately dry climatic conditions and seasonal disturbances, such as floods or fires, are generally conducive to the growth of grasses and prohibitive of that of trees and shrubs. Grasslands are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions and typically occupy regions between forests and deserts.
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