- a plain characterized by coarse grasses and scattered tree growth, especially on the margins of the tropics where the rainfall is seasonal, as in eastern Africa.
- grassland region with scattered trees, grading into either open plain or woodland, usually in subtropical or tropical regions.
Origin of savanna
1545–55; earlier zavana < Spanish (now sabana) < Taino zabana
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Examples from the Web for savanna
The correct form of the name is probably Chakan peten, the savanna region.The Maya Chronicles
It was my first savanna sparrow's nest, whether eastern or western.Birds of the Rockies
Leander Sylvester Keyser
I think that Judge Isbell was then president of the Savanna company.History of Linn County Iowa
Luther A. Brewer
This sink is situated in a savanna about fifteen miles in length.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
He may find the savanna sparrow also, which closely resembles the bird he is looking for.Riverby
- open grasslands, usually with scattered bushes or trees, characteristic of much of tropical Africa
C16: from Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana
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- A flat, grass-covered area of tropical or subtropical regions, nearly treeless in some places but generally having a mix of widely spaced trees and bushes. Savannas have distinct wet and dry seasons, with the mix of vegetation dependent primarily on the relative length of the two seasons.
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A tropical land mass of grassland and scattered trees.
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