scabland

[ skab-land ]
/ ˈskæbˌlænd /

noun Physical Geography.

rough, barren, volcanic topography with thin soils and little vegetation.

Nearby words

  1. scabby mouth,
  2. scabicide,
  3. scabies,
  4. scabietic,
  5. scabious,
  6. scablands,
  7. scabrid,
  8. scabrous,
  9. scabrously,
  10. scad

Origin of scabland

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; scab + land

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British Dictionary definitions for scablands

scablands

/ (ˈskæbˌlændz) /

pl n

a type of terrain, found for example in the NW US, consisting of bare rock surfaces, with little or no soil cover and scanty vegetation, that have been deeply channelled by glacial flood waters
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