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[moo r-luh nd, -land]
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noun Chiefly British.
  1. an area of moors, especially country abounding in heather.
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Origin of moorland

before 950; Middle English more lond, Old English mōrlond. See moor1, -land
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Related Words for moorland

meadow, expanse, field, prairie, steppe, grassland, plateau, territory, terrain, range, green, pasture, ground, garden, farmland, flat, level, tundra, moor, champaign

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Historical Examples of moorland

  • He has at least 30,000 sheep on his vast tracks of moorland on the braes of Lochaber.

    Camps, Quarters and Casual Places

    Archibald Forbes

  • These appear to have been shot down into the middle of a moorland wilderness.

  • No sign of its habitual rain and wind hung over the moorland.

  • When he was gone the moorland about the cottage lay still and deserted.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • What trees there are in this moorland were not then all blasted.

    The Old Front Line

    John Masefield

British Dictionary definitions for moorland


  1. British an area of moor
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Word Origin and History for moorland


Old English morlond; see moor (n.) + land (n.).

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