savanna

[suh-van-uh]
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.
Also, savannah.


Origin:
1545–55; earlier zavana < Spanish (now sabana) < Taino zabana

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savanna or savannah (səˈvænə)
 
n
open grasslands, usually with scattered bushes or trees, characteristic of much of tropical Africa
 
[C16: from Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana]
 
savannah or savannah
 
n
 
[C16: from Spanish zavana, from Taino zabana]

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savanna or savannah   (sə-vān'ə)  Pronunciation Key 
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 definition


A tropical land mass of grassland and scattered trees.

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Example sentences
Rain forests and tundra, deserts and savannas, mountaintops and undersea reefs.
Savannas are particularly prone to out of control prairie fires during their
  dry season.
These new mountains, by turning flat savannas to rugged foothills, may have
  robbed the terror birds of their habitat.
Untouched savannas support a wide variety of wildlife, including jaguars.
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