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badlands

[ bad-landz ]
/ ˈbædˌlændz /
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plural noun
a barren area in which soft rock strata are eroded into varied, fantastic forms.
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Origin of badlands

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; bad1 + land + -s3; translation of French mauvaises terres, alluding to the difficulty in traversing such country

Other definitions for badlands (2 of 2)

Bad Lands

plural noun
a barren, severely eroded region in SW South Dakota and NW Nebraska.
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British Dictionary definitions for badlands (1 of 2)

badlands
/ (ˈbædˌlændz) /

pl n
any deeply eroded barren area

British Dictionary definitions for badlands (2 of 2)

Bad Lands

pl n
a deeply eroded barren region of SW South Dakota and NW Nebraska
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