glade

[gleyd]
noun
an open space in a forest.

Origin:
1520–30; akin to glad1, in obsolete sense “bright”

gladelike, adjective
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glade (ɡleɪd)
 
n
an open place in a forest; clearing
 
[C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to glad1 (in obsolete sense: bright); see gleam]
 
'gladelike
 
adj

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glade
"clear, open space in a woods," 1520s, perhaps from M.E. glode (c.1300), from O.N. glaðr "bright" (see glad). Original meaning would be "bright (because open) space in a wood" (cf. Fr. clairière "glade," from clair "clear, bright;" Ger. Lichtung "clearing, glade,"
from Licht "light"). Amer.Eng. sense of "marshy grassland" (e.g. Everglades) first recorded c.1796.
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Example sentences
The cookout was not in a forest glade beside a rushing brook.
Bats were in the glade behind him, and he could hear the strange, persistent sound of their flight.
The camera seems especially interested in the sloping glade of trees behind the house.
Exhibits range from a tiger forest and a panther glade to an alligator bay and a backyard habitat.
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