moorland

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From Middle English morelond, equivalent to moor +‎ land. Compare Old Norse mýrlendi (moorland).

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moorland (countable and uncountable, plural moorlands)

  1. Open land that has an acidic peaty soil and is mostly covered with heather or bracken.
    • 1961 October, ""Voyageur"", “The Cockermouth, Keswick & Penrith Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 601:
      Troutbeck station, 10 miles from Keswick, in the heart of wild moorland, is the most isolated on the line.

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