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Meaning of BAD LANDS

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an eroded and barren region in southwestern South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska
 
 Synonyms: Badlands
 
 See Also: Cornhusker State, Coyote State, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, Mount Rushmore State, NE, Nebraska, SD, South Dakota

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bad" lands"\
Barren regions, especially in the western United States,
where horizontal strata (Tertiary deposits) have been often
eroded into fantastic forms, and much intersected by
ca[~n]ons, and where lack of wood, water, and forage
increases the difficulty of traversing the country, whence
the name, first given by the Canadian French, Mauvaises
Terres (bad lands).

 

 

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