[ gras-land, grahs- ]
/ ˈgræsˌlænd, ˈgrɑs- /


an area, as a prairie, in which the natural vegetation consists largely of perennial grasses, characteristic of subhumid and semiarid climates.
land with grass growing on it, especially farmland used for grazing or pasture.

Origin of grassland

An Americanism dating back to 1675–85; grass + land Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for grassland


/ (ˈɡrɑːsˌlænd) /


land, such as a prairie, on which grass predominates
land reserved for natural grass pasture
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Word Origin and History for grassland



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for grassland


[ grăslănd′ ]

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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