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The Collaborative Dictionary

Woodland \Wood"land\, n. Land covered with wood or trees; forest; land on which trees are allowed to grow, either for fuel or timber. [1913 Webster] Here hills and vales, the woodland and the plain, Here earth and water seem to strive again. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Woodlands and cultivated fields are harmoniously blended. --Bancroft. [1913 Webster]
Woodland \Wood"land\, a. Of or pertaining to woods or woodland; living in the forest; sylvan. [1913 Webster] She had a rustic, woodland air. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Like summer breeze by woodland stream. --Keble. [1913 Webster] Woodland caribou. (Zool.) See under Caribou. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

woodland n : land that is covered with trees and shrubs [syn: forest, timberland, timber]

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  1. land covered with woody vegetation




  1. Of or pertaining to a creature or object growing, living, or existing in a woodland
    • The woodland creatures ran from the fire.


Ecologically, a woodland is an area covered in trees, differentiated from a forest. In these terms, a forest has a largely closed canopy – the branches and foliage of trees interlock overhead to provide extensive and nearly continuous shade. A woodland, on the other hand, allows sunlight to penetrate between the trees, limiting shade. Woodlands may support an understory of shrubs, herbs, or grasses. Woodlands may form a transition to shrublands under drier conditions.
Woodland is used in British woodland management to mean any smaller area covered in trees, however dense. (Forest is usually used only for more extensive wooded areas, again however dense). The term Ancient Woodland is used in British nature conservation to refer to any wooded land established for a very long period (equivalent to the American term old growth forest).
Woodlot is a closely-related American term, which refers to a stand of trees generally used for firewood. While woodlots often technically have closed canopies, they are so small that light penetration from the edge makes them ecologically closer to woodland than forest.

Montane grasslands and shrublands

Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrub

Deserts and xeric shrublands

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woodland in Portuguese: Bosque
woodland in Chinese: 樹林
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