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grassland

[ gras-land, grahs- ]

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.


grassland

/ ˈɡrɑːsˌlænd /

noun

  1. land, such as a prairie, on which grass predominates
  2. land reserved for natural grass pasture


grassland

/ grăslănd′ /

  1. 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of grassland1

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85; grass + land
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Example Sentences

The study of wildlife connectivity, he notes, is relatively new, and has focused on the physical features of landscape, its water, forests, grasslands, and roads, to identify pathways for conservation.

The story of the island marble butterfly, a grassland species, illustrates the myriad forces arrayed against insects.

In fact, pesticides are one of the main reasons why grassland birds are declining so fast.

In fact, grasslands in the United States have decreased by 79 percent since the early 1800s.

Temperate grasslands are cooler than those in the tropics, but warmer than those in polar areas.

As F-16s roared from one end of the horizon to the other, they dipped to bomb a grassland strip.

Outside, oak and hickory and pecan trees dotted the rolling grassland.

And in the land of livestock and grassland and corral and endless highway, that is more or less everything.

They raise cattle on the grassland, and sow the other half in wheat and forage for the herd.

And presently we galloped across a mile or two of level grassland and pulled up on the very brink of Sage Creek canyon.

The tents of his own militia battalion and of two others were spread over the grassland around him.

Neela, the zebra, and his family of fifteen grazed quietly near the center of a level stretch of grassland.

With sure instinct, Bong turned tail and fled with his young charges away across the grassland.

The limited ecological data available suggest that the species inhabits the open mesquite grassland of the Mexican Plateau.

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