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[skab-land] /ˈskæbˌlænd/
noun, Physical Geography
rough, barren, volcanic topography with thin soils and little vegetation.
Origin of scabland
1920-25, Americanism; scab + land Unabridged
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  • The plant grows on gravelly to heavy, usually dry soil, in scablands or foothills areas.
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plural noun
a type of terrain, found for example in the NW US, consisting of bare rock surfaces, with little or no soil cover and scanty vegetation, that have been deeply channelled by glacial flood waters
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