Definition of badlands noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    badlands

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈbædlændz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbædlændz//
     
    [plural]
     
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  1. 1large areas of land that have been farmed too much with the result that plants will not grow there
  2. 2the Badlands a large area of land in the western US where plants will not grow
  3. Word Origin mid 19th cent. (originally US): translation of French mauvaises terres.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: badlands