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dust bowl

Syllabification: dust bowl

Definition of dust bowl in English:

noun

1An area of land where vegetation has been lost and soil reduced to dust and eroded, especially as a consequence of drought or unsuitable farming practice.
Example sentences
  • Huge flocks of sheep and goats in the northwest are stripping the land of its protective vegetation, creating a dust bowl on a scale not seen before.
  • In China, for instance, shrinking forests, deteriorating rangelands, eroding croplands, and falling water tables are converging to expand deserts and create a dust bowl of historic dimensions.
  • From the dust bowl of the Kalahari Desert to the flood plains of the Okavango Delta, Botswana is an untouched wilderness.
1.1 (the Dust Bowl) An area of Oklahoma, Kansas, and northern Texas affected by severe soil erosion (caused by windstorms) in the early 1930s, which obliged many people to move.

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