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savanna

or savannah

[suh-van-uh] /səˈvæn ə/
noun
1.
a plain characterized by coarse grasses and scattered tree growth, especially on the margins of the tropics where the rainfall is seasonal, as in eastern Africa.
2.
grassland region with scattered trees, grading into either open plain or woodland, usually in subtropical or tropical regions.
Origin of savanna
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier zavana < Spanish (now sabana) < Taino zabana
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savanna

/səˈvænə/
noun
1.
open grasslands, usually with scattered bushes or trees, characteristic of much of tropical Africa
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana
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savanna or savannah
  (sə-vān'ə)   
A flat, grass-covered area of tropical or subtropical regions, nearly treeless in some places but generally having a mix of widely spaced trees and bushes. Savannas have distinct wet and dry seasons, with the mix of vegetation dependent primarily on the relative length of the two seasons.
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savanna in Culture

savanna definition


A tropical land mass of grassland and scattered trees.

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