• Woodland


    • IPA: /ˈwÊŠd.lÉ™nd/


    wood + land

    Full definition of woodland



    (plural woodlands)
    1. Land covered with woody vegetation.
      • Alexander PopeHere hills and vales, the woodland and the plain,
        Here earth and water seem to strive again.
      • BancroftWoodlands and cultivated fields are harmoniously blended.
      • 2006, w, Internal Combustion Chapter 2, Buried within the Mediterranean littoral are some seventy to ninety million tons of slag from ancient smelting, about a third of it concentrated in Iberia. This ceaseless industrial fueling caused the deforestation of an estimated fifty to seventy million acres of woodlands.



    1. Of or pertaining to a creature or object growing, living, or existing in a woodland.The woodland creatures ran from the fire.
      • 1837, “Picus”, in Charles Frederick Partington (editor), The British Cyclopædia of Natural History, Volume 3, W. S. Orr & Co., page 446:This species href="http://freewordfinder.com/dictionary/w/">Red-bellied Woodpecker is a very little larger than the red-headed one; and it is more woodland in its manners; seldom appearing in orchards or near houses, but keeping to the tall trees in the close forests.
      • 1839, Sir William Jardine, 7th Baronet, The Natural History of the Birds of Great Britain and Ireland, Part II: Incessories, part of The Naturalist's Library, W.H. Lizars, page 125–6:The genera Philomela and Curruca, as we previously observed, are very closely allied to each other, both are woodland in their habits, and both possess great melody of song.
      • 1890 July, Grant Allen, “My Islands”, in Longman's Magazine, Volume 16, Number 93, page 341:It was a couple of hundred years or so more before I saw a third bullfinch — which didn't surprise me, for bullfinches are very woodland birds, and non-migratory into the bargain — so that they didn’t often get blown seaward over the broad Atlantic.
      • 1894, R. Bowdler Sharpe, A Hand-Book to the Birds of Great Britain, Volume I, W. H. Allen & Co., Limited, page 91:As its name implies, this species href="http://freewordfinder.com/dictionary/w/">Woodlark is a more woodland bird than the other British Larks, and in many of its ways of life it resembles the Tree Pipit, frequenting the neighborhood of woods and plantations, but always affecting trees.
    2. (obsolete) Having the character of a woodland.
      • 1827, "Amateur", Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, and Bedfordshire Hunting, It is a very woodland country, with plenty of grass, but it is too large for four days a-week, and the sport is generally rather indifferent.
      • 1835, , Nimrod's Hunting Tours, On quitting Sussex I passed through Petworth, with the hopes of seeing Colonel Henry Wyndham's hounds; but they had been out on the day I arrived in the neighbourhood; and ...
        understanding that their next fixture was in a very woodland country, and at a distance, I deferred this pleasure to another opportunity.
      • 1871, George Gill, Fourth Reader, Shortly after leaving Swindon the main line enters Wiltshire, and runs through an extremely woodland district to Chippenham, where Alfred had a villa, from which he was driven by the Danes just after Twelfth night, in the year 878 ...


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