Webster 1913 Edition



Land covered with wood or trees; forest; land on which trees are allowed to grow, either for fuel or timber.
Here hills and vales, the
and the plain,
Here earth and water seem to strive again.
and cultivated fields are harmoniously blended.


Of or pertaining to woods or woodland; living in the forest; sylvan.
She had a rustic,
Like summer breeze by
Woodland caribou
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Definition 2023





woodland (comparative more woodland, superlative most woodland)

  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 [ 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, Bart., 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 [ 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”, in Sporting Magazine, page 64:
      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, page 109:
      [] 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, page 135:
      Shortly after leaving Swindon the main line enters Wiltshire, and runs through an extremely woodland district to Chippenham []



woodland (countable and uncountable, plural woodlands)

  1. Land covered with woody vegetation.
    • Alexander Pope
      Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, / Here earth and water seem to strive again.
    • Bancroft
      Woodlands and cultivated fields are harmoniously blended.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion:
      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.