badlands

[ bad-landz ]
/ ˈbædˌlændz /

plural noun

a barren area in which soft rock strata are eroded into varied, fantastic forms.

Origin of badlands

1850–55, Americanism; bad1 + land + -s3; translation of French mauvaises terres, perhaps based on expressions in AmerInd languages, alluding to the difficulty in traversing such country
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badlands

/ (ˈbædˌlændz) /

pl n

any deeply eroded barren area
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