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[moo r-luh nd, -land] /ˈmʊər lənd, -ˌlænd/
noun, Chiefly British
an area of moors, especially country abounding in heather.
before 950; Middle English more lond, Old English mōrlond. See moor1, -land Unabridged
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  • These conditions encouraged the formation of peaty moorland at the expense of trees.
  • We trekked seven hours out of the rain forest and into heather and moorland.
  • And the thirty villages as well as the forest and moorland all belonged to it.
British Dictionary definitions for moorland


/ˈmʊələnd; ˈmɔː-/
(Brit) 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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Encyclopedia Article for moorland


tract of open country that may be either dry with heather and associated vegetation or wet with an acid peat vegetation. If wet, a moor is generally synonymous with bog (q.v.).

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