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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
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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Encyclopedia Article for grassland

area in which the vegetation is dominated by a nearly continuous cover of grasses. Grasslands occur in environments conducive to the growth of this plant cover but not to that of taller plants, particularly trees and shrubs. The factors preventing establishment of such taller, woody vegetation are varied

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