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grassland

[gras-land, grahs-] /ˈgræsˌlænd, ˈgrɑs-/
noun
1.
an area, as a prairie, in which the natural vegetation consists largely of perennial grasses, characteristic of subhumid and semiarid climates.
2.
land with grass growing on it, especially farmland used for grazing or pasture.
Origin of grassland
1675-1685
1675-85, Americanism; grass + land
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grassland

/ˈɡrɑːsˌlænd/
noun
1.
land, such as a prairie, on which grass predominates
2.
land reserved for natural grass pasture
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Word Origin and History for grassland
n.

1680s, from grass + land (n.).

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grassland in Science
grassland
  (grās'lānd')   
An area that is dominated by grass or grasslike vegetation. Moderately dry climatic conditions and seasonal disturbances, such as floods or fires, are generally conducive to the growth of grasses and prohibitive of that of trees and shrubs. Grasslands are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate regions and typically occupy regions between forests and deserts.
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