savanna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n savanna a flat grassland in tropical or subtropical regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Savanna A tract of level land covered with the vegetable growth usually found in a damp soil and warm climate, -- as grass or reeds, -- but destitute of trees. "Savannahs are clear pieces of land without woods."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n savanna A plain or extensive flat area covered with a sheet of snow or ice: so first used, with the accent on the first syllable, by Spanish writers.
    • n savanna A treeless plain: so first used in reference to American topography by Oviedo (1535), with the accent on the second syllable. Used in modern times in Spain, with the accent changed to the second syllable (sabána), and defined in various dictionaries (1865-82) as meaning an “extensive treeless plain,” and generally with the additional statement that it is “a word much used in America.” This word was frequently used by English writers on various parts of America, in the form savanna and savannah, as early as 1699, and always with the meaning of “treeless region.” It is still used occasionally with that meaning, and as being more or less nearly the equivalent of prairie, steppe, or plain, by writers in English on physical geography. As a word in popular use, it is hardly known among English-speaking people, except in the southern Atlantic States, and chiefly in Florida.
    • n savanna In phytogeography See grass-land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Savanna sa-van′a a tract of level land, covered with low vegetation: a treeless plain
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of American Indian origin; cf. Sp. sabana, F. savane,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. savana, sabana, a sheet, a meadow—Low L. sabanum—Gr. sabanon, a linen cloth.

Usage

In literature:

They came to a second clearing, a broad savanna this time.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Perhaps before an hour has passed, it will come sweeping over these savannas like a foaming sea.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
The little stranger was the western savanna sparrow.
"Birds of the Rockies" by Leander Sylvester Keyser
The country was diversified with hills and dales, savannas, and vast cane-meadows, and watered by innumerable rivulets and brooks.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
By ten o'clock the savannas would be too hot to cross, and they lay some distance from Simiti.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
They are prettily situated at the entrance into a savanna.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
Here they found a fertile and flowery savanna extending before them for many leagues.
"Hernando Cortez" by John S. C. Abbott
Savanna la Mar, swept away by sea, 731.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Outside is a large savanna or park, where the villas are of the successful men of business.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 2" by Various
When she had got about half way darkness came on and she lost the indistinct trail across the savanna.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
None the less, madam, I am a man in the city and in the savanna.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
He had learnt from Cynthia that the Custos intended to take the southern road, calling at Savanna-le-Mer.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
The Adel have no breed of their own, but drive down annually from the Shoan marts vast herds into their savannas.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
That was the best time to find the game upon the savanna.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
Now I'm bound for the big Savanna, that is, arter I've seen you home, and out of danger.
"The White Squaw" by Mayne Reid
Near the shore was a border of savanna or meadow land which abounded in long grass.
"History of the Buccaneers of America" by James Burney
At twelve o'clock Adeline awoke; and her first glance met the dark eyes of Savanna kindly fixed upon her.
"Adeline Mowbray" by Amelia Alderson Opie
In early July, 1960, a few individuals were heard at a pond on the savanna at La Libertad.
"Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala" by William E. Duellman
According to Beard (1953: 291) the development of savanna vegetation is dependent upon soil, topography, and drainage.
"A Distributional Study of the Amphibians of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Mexico" by William E. Duellman
S Savanna (Stejneger, 1944:24).
"North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae)" by Robert G. Webb
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In poetry:

I saw the 'potamus take wing
Ascending from the damp savannas,
And quiring angels round him sing
The praise of God, in loud hosannas.
"The Hippopotamus" by T S Eliot
Loud wail the dwellers on the myrtled coasts,
The green savannas swell the maddened cry,
And with a yell from all the demon hosts
Falls the great star called Wormwood from the sky!
"For The Commemoration Services" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Now thus to her lord spoke the heroine of the Savannas:
"The approaching Christmas throws the shadows of mirth into Sussex.
Never before was there such buying of presents among us;
Never before such love without dissimulation."
"One Snowy Night" by Albery Allson Whitman

In news:

Eli Manning Talks Labor Issues at T-Bar at Savanna 's.
Dan's Taste of Two Forks Countdown: Savanna 's.
Segundo Pelaez, chef at Savanna 's in Southampton, has one thing on his mind as he prepares to join a gathering of the East End's best chefs and winemakers at the first Dan's Taste of Two Forks event.
Experienced from the air, the sights and sounds of the African savanna made a lasting impression on Muriel "Moon" Hamra.
Savanna Jeanine Gadvin ( Courtesy Hartford Hospital / December 12, 2012 ).
Tiffany Perdue and the Narrows girls basketball team experienced life without Savanna Burton for eight games last season.
This cheetah cub named Savanna and her puppy pal Max definitely fit into that adorable category.
The Cincinnati Zoo's baby cheetah Savanna made her national debut on the Today Show on Thursday.
Images from the Raid on Fort Pierce Civil War Reenactment at the Savannas Recreation Area on Saturday, December 8, 2012.
Teen Savanna Marie MacMullet are '100% preventable'.
A study out today in PLoS Biology finds that termites create oases of biological richness in the African savanna.
SAVANNA — By winning a district title, the 2012 Bulldogs accomplished what no Savanna team had in 50 years.
Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna handled arrangements.
On October 20, 1951 Herb married Kay Rivera of Savanna.
Entire sections of the Town of Savanna and far eastern sections have been told it may be days, or longer before power is restored there.
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In science:

Demography of a savanna palm tree: predictions from comprehensive spatial pattern analyses.
Overall and Pairwise Segregation Tests Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Demography of a savanna palm tree: predictions from comprehensive spatial pattern analyses.
New Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Demography of a savanna palm tree: predictions from comprehensive spatial pattern analyses.
Class-Specific Tests of Spatial Segregation Based on Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables
Demography of a savanna palm tree: predictions from comprehensive spatial pattern analyses.
On the Use of Nearest Neighbor Contingency Tables for Testing Spatial Segregation
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