- a seaport in E Georgia, near the mouth of the Savannah River.
- a river flowing SE from E Georgia along most of the boundary between Georgia and South Carolina and into the Atlantic. 314 miles (505 km) long.
- a plain characterized by coarse grasses and scattered tree growth, especially on the margins of the tropics where the rainfall is seasonal, as in eastern Africa.
- grassland region with scattered trees, grading into either open plain or woodland, usually in subtropical or tropical regions.
Origin of savanna
Related Words for savannahgrassland, plain, savannah, meadow, pasture, prairie, steppe, llano, pasturage, veldt
Examples from the Web for savannah
Contemporary Examples of savannah
Check out a clip from this exclusive interview with SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace at the 2014 Savannah Film Festival.Who Is Joe Manganiello? Sofia Vergara’s Fiancé on the Value of Hard Work
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2014
“He was talking about getting rid of Savannah two weeks off her maternity leave,” says the NBC News type.Behind the ‘Today’ Show’s Latest Meltdown
November 20, 2014
In Savannah, Georgia, a yard bull busted him “for being a suspicious character with no visible means of support.”The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
A few years after his first guitar-shop venture, he migrated to just outside Savannah, and launched Randy Wood Guitars.Randy Wood, Guitar Maker to the King and Cash
June 9, 2014
At 9am, Matt and Savannah disappeared, just as they do every morning back on Rockefeller Plaza.The Good, the Bad, and the Pink Eye
February 23, 2014
Historical Examples of savannah
He it was who forged the shaft of the Savannah, the first steamship which crossed the Atlantic.Heroes of the Telegraph
During the voyage to Savannah this sense of comfort became stronger.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I could send a dispatch from Savannah, you could make some excuse!The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
"I suppose the Savannah had that distinction," was the reply.Steve and the Steam Engine
Sara Ware Bassett
Savannah suffered least of the fair Atlantic sisterhood, from the blockade.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
- a port in the US, in E Georgia, near the mouth of the Savannah River: port of departure of the Savannah for Liverpool (1819), the first steamship to cross the Atlantic. Pop: 127 573 (2003 est)
- a river in the southeastern US, formed by the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers in NW South Carolina: flows southeast to the Atlantic. Length: 505 km (314 miles)
- open grasslands, usually with scattered bushes or trees, characteristic of much of tropical Africa
Word Origin for savanna
also savanna, "treeless plain," 1550s, from Spanish sabana, earlier zavana "treeless plain," from Taino (Arawakan) zabana. In U.S. use, especially in Florida, "a tract of low-lying marshy ground" (1670s).
port city in U.S. state of Georgia, from savana, name applied to the Native Americans in the area by early European explorers, perhaps from a self-designation of the Shawnee Indians, or from the European topographical term (see savannah).
- A flat, grass-covered area of tropical or subtropical regions, nearly treeless in some places but generally having a mix of widely spaced trees and bushes. Savannas have distinct wet and dry seasons, with the mix of vegetation dependent primarily on the relative length of the two seasons.
A tropical land mass of grassland and scattered trees.