scabland

[skab-land]
noun Physical Geography.
rough, barren, volcanic topography with thin soils and little vegetation.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism; scab + land

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To scabland
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: scabious
Next Definition: scablands
Words Near: scabland
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for scabland
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing scabland
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
South-facing hillsides are generally an intricate mosaic of rock and scabland, and sagebrush-steppe vegetation.
Scabland rangelands provide low quality nutritional choices for cattle.
Dozens and perhaps hundreds of flood events eroded the lava surface into the unique landscape known as the channeled scabland.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature