Definition of badlands in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbadlandz


1Extensive tracts of heavily eroded, uncultivable land with little vegetation.
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  • One-hundred fifty years ago such herds could be found, not only in rugged mountain areas, but on badlands and river bluffs in the Northern Plains and canyon walls in eastern Oregon and the Southwest.
  • While surface erosion caused by water can produce dramatic landscapes in many badlands, a considerable amount of subsurface erosion in the form of tunnels can also occur.
  • Like those fictional cities, set against the fantasy geography of forests, mountains and badlands, it is a distinct point in space - it begins and it ends.
1.1 (Badlands) A barren plateau region of the western US, mainly in North and South Dakota and Nebraska.


mid 19th century (originally US): translation of French mauvaises terres.

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