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[skruhb-land] /ˈskrʌbˌlænd/
land on which the natural vegetation is chiefly scrub.
1770-80, Americanism; scrub2 + -land Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scrubland
  • The bumpy country road wound deeper into the scrubland until at last an undulating shape appeared in the distance.
  • The campground is fairly level with an open scrubland landscape and few trees.
  • Primarily deciduous or coniferous woods, but can be found from swamps to scrubland and in suburban areas.
British Dictionary definitions for scrubland


an area of scrub vegetation
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diverse assortment of vegetation types sharing the common physical characteristic of dominance by shrubs. A shrub is defined as a woody plant not exceeding 5 metres (16.4 feet) in height if it has a single main stem, or 8 metres if it is multistemmed. The world's main areas of scrubland occur in regions that have a Mediterranean climate-i.e., warm temperate, with mild, wet winters and long, dry summers. These areas include southern Australia, the Mediterranean region, California, Chile, and South Africa. Other scrublands are found in the semiarid tropics and in the Arctic, but smaller areas also occur in many other places. Australia, primarily because of its dry, variable climates, probably has the greatest expanse and range of scrublands. Their distribution is shown in

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